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Ancient Light: An Evening with Kimberly Blaeser

Ancient Light: An Evening with Kimberly Blaeser

Presented in partnership with University of Central Oklahoma Department of English

April 18 | 7 p.m.
Te Ata Theater

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The UCO Department of English and Oklahoma Contemporary welcome poet Kimberly Blaeser in celebration of National Poetry Month. She’ll be reading from her latest book Ancient Light which uses lyric, narrative and concrete poems to give voice to some of the most pressing ecological and social issues of our time. The collection invites readers to see with a new intimacy the worlds they inhabit. Blaeser brings readers to the brink, immerses them in the darkest regions of the Anthropocene, in the dangerous fallacies of capitalism and then seeds hope. Ultimately, as the poems enact survivance, they reclaim Indigenous stories and lifeways.

Opening reading by special guest Phillip Carroll Morgan.

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About the Creator

Kimberly Blaeser, past Wisconsin Poet Laureate and founding director of In-Na-Po (Indigenous Nations Poets), is a writer, photographer and scholar. She is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Copper Yearning, the bilingual Résister en dansant/Ikwe-niimi: Dancing Resistance and the 2024 volume Ancient Light. Blaeser edited Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry and wrote the monograph Gerald Vizenor: Writing in the Oral Tradition. Her photographs, picto-poems and ekpharastic pieces have appeared in exhibits such as Visualizing Sovereignty and No More Stolen Sisters.

An Anishinaabe activist and environmentalist, she is an enrolled member of White Earth Nation. The 2024 Mackey Chair in Creative Writing at Beloit College and a Vassar College Tatlock Fellow, Blaeser is a Professor Emerita at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and an MFA faculty member for Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Her accolades include a Lifetime Achievement Award from Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas. Blaeser splits her time between her home in rural Wisconsin and a water-access cabin near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota.

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About the Guest Reader

A Choctaw/Chickasaw poet, Phillip Carroll Morgan earned a Ph.D. in Native American literature from the University of Oklahoma. He writes for Chickasaw Press, part of the Chickasaw Nation Division of History and Culture.

Morgan’s poetry engages his tribal ancestry and its mythology. His works include The Lost River: Anompolichi II, Anompolichi: The Wordmaster and Chickasaw Renaissance and Riding Out the Storm: 19th Century Chickasaw Governors and Their Intellectual Legacy. He co-authored Dynamic Chickasaw Women, which won the Independent Publishers Book Awards’ Gold Medal for Mid-West Regional non-fiction in 2012. Riding Out the Storm won the Gold Medal in that category in 2014. Morgan is also the author of the history books Chickasaw Renaissance, Who Shall Gainsay Our Decision? Choctaw Literary Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century and a contributor to Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective.


Photo courtesy of the artist.

Kimberly Blaeser. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Phillip Carroll Morgan. Photo courtesy of the artist.


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