Keeping the Circles Strong: Supporting the Work of Native Writers and Storytellers

Wordcraft Circle and Native Writers' Circle of the Americas 

Supporting the work and words of emerging and professional Indigenous and Native American writers and storytellers since 1992.

With generosity, reciprocity, and a focus on decolonization through literature, youth literacy, language revitalization, and community revitalization, Wordcraft Circle ensures the voices of Native American and Indigenous writers and storytellers—past, present, and future—are heard throughout the world.

Honoring Acoma Pueblo Poet Simon J. Ortiz and His 40 Year Literary Legacy

Simon J. Ortiz is widely regarded as one of the literary giants of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries with more than two dozen volumes of poetry, prose fiction, children's literature, and nonfiction work to his credit with his work being anthologized around the world. In this interactive discussion panelists will discuss Ortiz's legacy and contributions to the landscape of American literature and the ways in which he's shaped a generation of Indigenous, and non-Indigenous, writers' aesthetics across genres.

This interactive session explored the unique aesthetics of Ortiz's Indigenous lens, which provides invaluable contributions to literary studies, turning a critical gaze to the postcolonial, the ecocritical, and the global Indigenous literary landscape. Indigenous topographies of place, identity, sovereignty, and community are vital to the exploration.

Those presenting tributes at the session included: Sara Marie Ortiz (moderator), Sherwin Bitsui, Allison Hedge Coke, Bojan Louis, and Lee Francis IV.

Honoring Simon J. Ortiz

  • If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. —Barry Lopez, in Crow and Weasel