Indigiqueer Futures

Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Multicultural Community Center, MLK Jr. Student Union, 2495 Bancroft, Suite 220 | UC Berkeley
Location is ADA accessible

Billy-Ray Belcourt & Lehua M. Taitano in conversation

Moderated by Afri-Indigenous Poet & CRG Research Scholar of the Arts & Humanities Initiative, Alan Pelaez Lopez

How can poetry interrupt settler futures? How do we honor indigiqueer loneliness? What does an indigiqueer future look like?

Join us for an evening of food, poetry reading, and critical dialogue.


Billy-Ray Belcourt (he/him) is a writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a Ph.D. candidate and 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar in the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. A Rhodes Scholar, he holds an M.St. in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford and Wadham College. In the First Nations Youth category, Belcourt was awarded a 2019 Indspire Award, the highest honor the Indigenous community bestows on its own leaders.


Lehua M. Taitano is a queer CHamoru writer and interdisciplinary artist from Yigu, Guåhan (Guam) and co-founder of Art 25: Art in the Twenty-fifth Century. She is the author of two volumes of poetry—Inside Me an Island (WordTech Editions) and A Bell Made of Stones (TinFish Press). Her chapbook, appalachiapacific, won the Merriam-Frontier Award for short fiction. She has two recent chapbooks of poetry and visual art: Sonoma (Dropleaf Press) and Capacity (a Hawai’i Review e-chap).


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