NaBlogWriMo 14: Not Gone Fishin’

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i’m back! the conference in minneapolis was so much fun–so many wonderful indigenous scholars from around the world: the u.s., canada, mexico, hawaii, guam, australia, new zealand. so many wonderful panels & papers. i presented on the first day so i got to relax for the rest of the time and listen.

here’s a pic of one of my favorite people in the world: prof. keith camacho, a chamoru scholar who teaches at UCLA (he’s on the far right):

here’s a pic of people at my panel, who were totally not paying attention to my paper:

here’s a pic of another favorite person, my professor at uc berkeley Beth Piatote (Nez Perce):

here’s a pic of Hawaiian poet & scholar Ku’ualoha Ho’omanawanui during the conference poetry reading–it was a dream come true meeting her and giving her a copy of my book:

here’s a pic of Prof. Chadwyck Allen, who is such an awesome and kind person–and my favorite indigenous lit studies scholar:

one of the most fun things about the weekend was that i got to read at the Loft Literary Center–the reading was organized by the one and only BAO PHI! it was an honor meeting him tho i wish i had more time to chat with him–he’s famous. but here’s the fancy marquee:

here’s a pic of fellow reader–the one and only Simon Ortiz:

and a pic of one of the best pacific islander poets, hawaiian brandy nalani mcdougall (can i just say that brandy is one of the coolest peoples i’ve ever met–wish i had more time to chat with her):

the reading was very well attended…standing room only…maybe 75 people? not sure–i was the emcee so i was a bit nervous and couldnt quite count. anyhoo, on sunday before my flight, i got to spend the day with the amazing Kristin Naca (look at her prize-winning smile)! yes, the poet who recently won the National Poetry Series and got to interview Yusef Komunyaaka. she took me to a wonderful brunch at a delicious cuban restaurant:

then we went to park by the river and chatted:

then we went to the mall to shop for turtleneck sweaters before she dropped me at the airport:

ah, now i am home. more soon. is there anything exciting going on in blogworld?

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