Layli Long Soldier

Studio: Eric Gansworth & Layli Long Soldier

[POETRY] Just one alone would have made history, but the last election cycle brought two Native American women into Congress for the first time. Maybe there’s something in the air with regards to celebrating and recognizing Native voices, or the realization that we just don’t hear them enough, but Just Buffalo Literary Center is bringing in two poets to speak to the moment next Thursday for their Studio series. Canisius College’s Eric Gansworth, author of many volumes of poetry and fiction including If I Ever Get Out of Here and Extra Indians and enrolled member of the Onandaga tribe will be joined by Layli Long Solider, a recent finalist for the National Book Award for her work WHEREAS, where she writes: “I am a citizen of the United States and an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, meaning I am a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation—and in this dual citizenship I must work, I must eat, I must art, I must mother, I must friend, I must listen, I must observe, constantly I must live.”



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