Live from Storyknife: April 2023


Recorded Tuesday, April 25, 2023 | 7-8pm
via Zoom

Kia Corthron’s plays have premiered throughout the U.S. and in London. Her debut novel won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Awards for her work include a Windham Campbell Prize, a USArtists Fellowship, and other. Tempestuous Elements will premiere at D.C.’s Arena Stage in 2024. TV: The Wire.

Laureli Ivanoff is a freelance writer who credits her grandmother for her love of storytelling. She’s worked as a radio journalist and is currently a columnist for High Country News. She will graduate from the Institute of American Indian Arts with an MFA in creative writing in a few weeks. Laureli live in her hometown of Unalakleet, where she dries fish and renders seal oil. Native food is her love language.

Keetje Kuipers’ third collection, All Its Charms, includes poems honored by publication in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. Keetje is Editor of Poetry Northwest and a board member at the National Book Critics Circle.

Dr. Denise K. Lajimodiere is an enrolled Citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. She has been involved in education for forty-four years as an Elementary teacher, Principal, and professor. Denise is a poet whose books include Dragonfly Dance; Thunderbird; Bitter Tears; and His Feathers Were Chains. She is a children’s book author of Josie Dances, and academic book author of Stringing Rosaries: The History, The Unforgivable, The Healing of Northern Plains Boarding School Survivors. Denise was recently named as North Dakota state Poet Laureate. 

Mandy Miller is a lawyer, author, and editor. Her Grace Locke novels, States of Grace and Friday Night in The Glades, are available with a third installment coming later in 2023, as well as a work of historical fiction, They Say They Want a Revolution.

Chasity Salvador is a full-spectrum doula and indigenous breastfeeding counselor providing birth work services to her community. She is a young farmer and traditional seed keeper. She is a scholar, writer, and organizer on Pueblo women in farming. She is a poet that tells the story on how all these lines of work contribute to the wellbeing and healing of Pueblo women. She is a graduate of Stanford University where she completed her Bachelors of Arts in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

Elvina Scott is a writer, mother, disability advocate and athlete. She is working on her first book length project. She completed Grubstreet’s Memoir Incubator Program in 2022. She has been awarded residencies at MacDowell, Playa, and Storyknife. Elvina is a graduate of Smith College.

Fiona Teng 鄧穎恆 is a Hong Kong-born and NYC-based communications strategist and writer. Her writing explores the depths of interpersonal dynamics that hurt, harm, and heal. She is working on an autobiographical novel that traces the thread of shame across her family and culture.


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