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Technicians of the Sacred: Indigenous Poetry of the Americas


Natalie Diaz, Layli Long Soldier, Jerome Rothenberg, Natalia Toledo

Poetry Performance

*Presented as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/ LA


Join Jerome Rothenberg and three major indigenous poets from the United States and Mexico—Natalie Diaz (Mojave), Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota), and Natalia Toledo (Isthmus Zapotec)—as they share their work alongside a reading of selections from the 50th anniversary edition of Rothenberg’s global anthology of oral and written poetry, Technicians of the Sacred. Hailed by the LA Times Book Review as one of the hundred most recommended American books of the late twentieth century, Technicians of the Sacred has educated and inspired generations of poets, artists, musicians, and readers, exposing them to the multiple possibilities of poetry throughout the world. In their widely varied poetry, Diaz, Long Soldier, and Toledo explore what it means to be an indigenous woman writer in today’s world. The program will feature Cahuilla Bird singing master Michael Mirelez and company.

Bilingual program Spanish/English with simultaneous interpretation by Antena Los Ángeles