Tayi Tibble in conversation with Sasha LaPointe

In celebration of National Poetry Month, please join us for an evening with acclaimed Indigenous New Zealand poet Tayi Tibble (Te Whanau a Apanui, Ngati Porou) who will be reading from her newest collection Rangikura published by Knopf (2024). Tavi will be joined in conversation by Sasha LaPointe who will be reading from her newest book of essays Thunder Song published by Counterpoint Press (2024).

Tayi Tibble has been called "One of the most startling and original poets of her generation" by none other than former U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Her first collection Poukahangatus (2022), also published by Knopf, was named as a best book of the year by the New Yorker. The poems in Poukahangatus challenged a dazzling array of mythologies-Greek, Maori, feminist, kiwi-peeling them apart and respinning them in modern terms. In her bold second collection Rangikura, Tibble asks readers to think about our relationship to desire and exploitation. Moving between hotel lobbies and all-night clubs, these poems chronicle life spent in spaces that are stalked by transaction and reward. 

Tayi Tibble has a master's degree in creative writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington, where she was the recipient of the Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing. She lives inTe Whanganui a Tara, Aotearoa. 

Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribes. She received a double MFA in creative nonfiction and poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Native to the Pacific Northwest, she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as her life in the city. LaPointe explores themes ranging from indigenous identity and stereotypes to cultural displacement, environmental degradation, trauma and resilience, to understand what our experiences teach us about the power of community, commitment, and conscientious honesty. Sasha teaches creative writing at the Native Pathways Program at Evergreen and is a mentor for Seattle’s youth poet laureate program. Her memoir Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk published by Counterpoint Press was the winner of a Pacific Northwest Book Award, the Washington State Book Award for Creative Nonfiction/Memoir, and an NPR Best Book of the Year. Her collection of poetry Rose Quartz is available through Milkweed Press. Unapologetically punk, the essays in Thunder Song segue between the miraculous and the mundane, the spiritual and the physical, as they examine the role of art--in particular music--and community in helping a new generation of indigenous people claim the strength of their heritage while defining their own path in the contemporary world.




Event date: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 6:00pm
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Rangikura: Poems By Tayi Tibble Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593534625
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Published: Knopf - April 9th, 2024

Thunder Song: Essays By Sasha LaPointe Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640096356
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Published: Counterpoint - March 5th, 2024