Northern Arizona Book Festival 2017 Schedule

Fri, Oct. 6

4 p.m. Erin Stalcup

Location: Bright Side Bookshop

 6 p.m. Joy Harjo

Location: International Pavilion on NAU Campus

Sat, Oct. 7

10 a.m. Reading with Louie Cronin and Nicole Walker

Location: Uptown Pubhouse

11 a.m. Reading with Sean Carswell and Karen Renner

Location: Uptown Pubhouse

12 p.m. Reading with Aisha Sabatini Sloan and Justin Bigos

Location: Bright Side Bookshop

1 p.m. Ander Monson Writing Workshop

Location: Firecreek Coffee Co.

2 p.m. Reading with Matt Bell and Annette McGivney

Location: Firecreek Coffee Co.

3 p.m. Reading with Eugenie Montague and Ted McLoof

Location: Bright Side Bookshop

4 p.m. Reading with Francisco Cantú and Monica Brown

Location: Firecreek Coffee Co.

Thu, Oct. 12
6–7 p.m. Curios and OnCourse Reading
Location: Lone Tree Commons, Coconino Community College
Students from Coconino Community College and resident artists in the county share their work through two publications: OnCourse and Curios. OnCourse, created in 1999, showcases work by CCC students. Curios, created in 2006, allows local authors and artists to share their voices. Both publications, which reflect northern Arizona’s culture and rich diversity, are created by students enrolled in CCC’s COM 181 class. Visit them at and


Fri, Oct. 13

7 p.m. U of A, ASU, NAU joint MFA reading

Location: Bright Side Bookshop

Indigenous Symposium Schedule

Sat, Oct. 14 (2017)

Flagstaff, Arizona

All Events Free and Open To The Public

Symposium Host: Bill Wetzel (Blackfeet)

10–11 a.m.: Poetry Workshop with Simon J. Ortiz and Bojan Louis.

Legendary Acoma Pueblo poet and storyteller Simon Ortiz will conduct a poetry workshop with Red Ink Poetry Editor, MacDowell Colony Fellow, and Dine’ poet Bojan Louis. Ortiz is most recently the author of the republished The People Shall Continue and Louis is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection, Currents.

Location: Firecreek Coffee Co.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Poetry Workshop with Joan Naviyuk Kane.

Inupiaq poet, Joan Naviyuk Kane, winner of the prestigious Whiting Award and Donald Hall Prize, will conduct a poetry workshop. Kane is the author of the poetry collections The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, Hyperboreal and Milk Black Carbon.

Location: Firecreek Coffee Co.

1–2 p.m.: Fiction Writing Workshop with Kristiana Kahakauwila.

Award-winning author and prestigious Harvard Fellow, Kristiana Kahakauwila, will conduct a fiction writing workshop. Kahakauwila is native Hawaiian and the author of the short story collection This Is Paradise, which was named a 2013 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection.

Location: Firecreek Coffee Co.

2:30–3:30 p.m.: Panel: Topic Forthcoming

Moderator: Erik Bitsui

Panelists: Henry Quintero, Bojan Louis, Kyle Grant Wilson, Tanner Menard and Orlando White.

Red Ink staff members and poets Henry Quintero, Bojan Louis and Kyle Grant Wilson will be joined in this discussion by poet, musician, and tribal council member Tanner Menard, and acclaimed Dine’ poet Orlando White, author of the poetry collections Bone Light and LETTERRS. Local Flagstaff writer & radio DJ, Erik Bitsui will moderate.

Location: Firecreek Coffee Co.

4–5 p.m.: Panel: Topic Forthcoming

Moderator: Vernon Begay

Panelists: Joan Naviyuk Kane, Kristiana Kahakauwila, Shishonia Livingston, Allison Ramirez and Danielle Geller.

Acclaimed authors Joan Naviyuk Kane a d Kristiana Kahakauwila will be joined on this panel by Rona Jaffe Award Winner and current University of Arizona MFA student Danielle Geller; poet, award-winning researcher, and UCLA PHD student Allison Ramirez; and comedian, actress, and writer Shishonia Livingston, author of the flash fiction collection An Artist Lexicon: A Peculiar View of the World. Local Flagstaff writer, Vernon Begay will moderate this discussion.

Location: Firecreek Coffee Co.

5:30–6:30 p.m.: Author Reading

Host: Bill Wetzel

Authors: Henry Quintero, Allison Ramirez, Shishonia Livingston, Kyle Grant Wilson, Danielle Geller, Erik Bitsui, Vernon Begay and Tanner Menard.

Blackfeet writer Bill Wetzel will host a fast-paced reading highlighting the younger and emerging writers participating in the symposium. The de facto feature will be Arizona State professor Henry Quintero, who has both a book of nonfiction and a poetry collection slated to be released by the University of Arizona Press, in the not so distant future.

7–8 p.m.: Author Reading:

Host: Bill Wetzel

Authors: Joan Naviyuk Kane, Kristiana Kahakauwila, Bojan Louis, Orlando White, Sherwin Bitsui and Simon J. Ortiz.

Blackfeet writer Bill Wetzel will host a reading highlighting the established and highly acclaimed writers participating in the symposium. Featured author is Dine’ poet Sherwin Bitsui, winner of the Whiting Award, American Book Award, Pen Open Book award among others, as well as the author of the acclaimed poetry collections Shapeshift and Flood Song.

Location: Bright Side Bookshop