Event Date
Dec 07, 2017


Presented by the CRG Arts & Humanities Initiative

At “Poetics of N(eg)ation: Articulating Refusal,” poets will explore what it means to articulate a kind of refusal that is urgently needed from communities who may not be part of the “national” imaginary. This event is an intimate reading delivered by each poet followed by the poets asking each other questions about their work and forming lines of affinities that undo one-way contact. This curated reading aims to ask: What does it mean to be a poet and craft articulations, stories and narratives that may have no audience? and, What happens when other artists are the audience?

Jen Smith is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, but her mind and heart are often traveling the lands of her ancestors in what’s now called “Alaska.”

Luis Lopez Resendiz is a poet from the Ñuú Savi nation. He was born in Tijuana, México and is a fourth-year student at UC Berkeley majoring in ISF. Luis is also the California regional coordinator of the Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales (Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations, FIOB). In his poetry, Luis projects stories of the migration of the Ñuú Savi people and the fronterista community where he grew up.

Jennif(f)er Tamayo is a queer, migrant, Latinx poet, essayist, and performer. JT is the daughter of Nancy, Flora, Leonor y Ana. Her books include [Red Missed Aches] (Switchback, 2011) selected by Cathy Park Hong for the Gatewood Prize (2010), Poems are the Only Real Bodies (Bloof Books 2013) and YOU DA ONE (2017 reprint Noemi Books & Letras Latinas’s Akrilica Series). Currently, JT is studying the liberatory possibilities of voice and voicing. You can find their writing and art at www.jennifertamayo.com.

Sarah Whitt is a poet from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies. Her work is deeply concerned with the fraught relationship between popular, media-driven misrepresentations of Native American identity within the American imaginary at the turn of the twentieth century, and the ways in which these erroneous depictions inflect the tenor of the master historical narrative and undermine Native claims to sovereignty and cultural integrity.

This event is organized by the Arts & Humanities Initiative.
And generously co-sponsored by:
Graduate Minority Student Project
Graduate Minority Outreach, Recruitment, and Retention

Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues