This event has been cancelled.
The 20th & 21st Century and Americanist Colloquia welcome Beth Piatote of the University of California, Berkeley.
Beth Piatote will discuss her newly released collection, The Beadworkers: Stories (Counterpoint 2019), which has been long-listed for major prizes, including the PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the Aspen Words Literary Prize; and short-listed for the California Independent Booksellers Alliance Prize for Fiction. Louise Erdrich called the collection “a feast of wit and storytelling” and Tommy Orange called it “smart, layered, and inventive … a profound and humorous meditation on Native families, language, and life.” Her play, “Antikoni,” has been selected for the Autry’s Native Voices Festival of New Plays for 2020. In her talk, Piatote will discuss the relationship of her creative work to her scholarship; how her study of Nez Perce language and literature shaped the aesthetics of the collection; and the importance of creative writing to indigenous language revitalization.
This event is made possible by the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund at Yale University.