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March 21, 2021 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 7:45 pm EDT

Virtual Event

Indigenous Poetry: Language as a Map Home [2021 Virginia Festival of the Book]

Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa A. Igloria (Maps for Migrants and Ghosts) and Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley (Dēmos: An American Multitude) read from and discuss their work exploring how language serves as a key and a map to the places and people that have been lost. Weaving together personal and family histories—from Igloria’s childhood in the Philippines to Kingsley’s intersection of Onondaga, Japanese, Cuban, and Appalachian cultures—these poets document the transformative promise and simultaneous intolerance of American society.

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The Muse is proud to be a community partner for this event, which is presented as part of the 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book (March 13-26). For more information and the full festival schedule, visit The Virginia Festival of the Book is a program of Virginia Humanities.