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Indigenous Binaries with Eric Gansworth

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Join the Virginia G. Piper Writer Center for Creative Writing for an evening with author and visual artist Eric Gansworth on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 in the Steele Auditorium at the Heard Museum (2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) at 7pm. Gansworth will present a talk entitled “Indigenous Binaries: Cultural Survival in Contrast” exploring how he uses the dual mediums of visual art and storytelling to undercut indigenous stereotypes and portray the tension between traditional cultures and modern life. A q&a and book signing will follow the talk. Please note that seating is first-come, first-serve, and RSVPs do not guarantee a seat. This event is open to the public and free.

About the Talk
Drawing from the tradition of Haudenosaunee belts, which use sequences of purple and white wampum beads to narrate histories, ceremonies, governance, and treaties, Native American writer and visual artist Eric Gansworth (enrolled Onondaga) will discuss the ways his work uses high contrast imagery and storytelling to engage with cultural binaries and explore the complexities of the contemporary indigenous experience. What is the relationship between the painted image and the written word? What are the tensions between Native traditions and popular culture? How do we reconcile America’s past with the present? What does it mean to be a meaningful participant in 21st century indigenous life?

About the Author
Writer and visual artist Eric Gansworth, Sˑha-weñ na-saeˀ, (enrolled Onondaga) was raised at the Tuscarora Nation Territories in Western New York. Spanning novels, poetry, and memoir, his work includes If I Ever Get Out of Here, Extra Indians (American Book Award), Mending Skins (PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award), and others. In addition to writing, Gansworth is also an accomplished visual artist, with current exhibitions at Canisius College and the Iroquois Indian Museum. Gansworth recently served as NEH Distinguished Visiting Professor of Native American Studies at Colgate University in 2016, and was one of 15 writers chosen for inclusion in LIT CITY, a public arts project celebrating Buffalo’s Literary Legacy. Currently, he is a Professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. His next novel, Give Me Some Truth, is forthcoming from Arthur A. Levine Books.

About the Piper Center
Gansworth’s talk is presented as part of the Distinguished Visting Writer Series by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, a non-academic university center dedicated to serving writers, readers, and the larger community through a variety of literary events and programs. For more information, visit http://piper.asu.edu.

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