Sherman Alexie Cancels Participation at Institute of American Indian Arts’ 2016 Winter Writers Festival Due to Health Reasons

Lidia Yuknavitch will read in his place

December 28, 2015

SANTA FE — Award-winning author Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene) has cancelled his appearance at Institute of American Indian Arts’ The 2016 Winter Writers Festival due to health reasons. The exact nature of his health issues was not disclosed.

Lidia Yuknavitch, who will read on Tuesday, January 5, at 6 pm, will read in Alexie’s place.

Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch is the National Bestselling author of the novels “The Small Backs of Children,” “Dora: A Headcase” and the memoir “The Chronology of Water.”

Yuknavitch writes, teaches and lives in Portland, Oregon with the filmmaker Andy Mingo and their renaissance man son Miles. She is the recipient of the Oregon Book Award – Reader’s Choice, a PNBA award, and was a finalist for the 2012 Pen Center creative nonfiction award.

Lidia Yuknavitch and IAIA MFA Director (and Poet Laureate Emeritus of Santa Fe) Jon Davis joins visiting writers Joy Harjo (Mvskogee), David Treuer (Ojibwe), Shane Book, Cynthia Cruz, Nathalie Handal, andToni Jensen (Métis), as well as MFA faculty writers Pam Houston, Claire Vaye Watkins, Manuel Gonzales, Joan Naviyuk Kane (Iñupiaq), Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Derek Palacio, Marie Helene-Bertino, Melissa Febos, Ramona Ausubel, Ismet Prcic, Elissa Washuta (Cowlitz), Sherwin Bitsui (Diné), Natalie Diaz(Mojave), Santee Frazier (Cherokee), Chip Livingston (Creek), and James Thomas Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk).

In addition to a slate of published authors, IAIA students will participate in the festival — with Student Showcase Readings immediately after the featured readers on January 6 and 8.  For a full festival schedule, please visit the event page on Facebook by clicking here. 

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