S2 E6 Poetry and Social Justice: Writing to ease the weight of silence
27 Jan 2022
In the sixth and final episode of Season Two of The Empty Chair, PEN SA president Nadia Davids chairs a conversation about poetry and social justice with Esther G. Belin and Toni Giselle Stuart.
Esther is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and lives on the Colorado side of the 4 corners region. She is one of four editors of The Diné Reader and has two poetry collections, From the Belly of My Beauty, and Of Cartography, all published by the University of Arizona Press.
Toni is a South African poet, performer and educator. Her work includes Krotoa-Eva’s Suite in collaboration with filmmaker Kurt Orderson; I Come to My Body as a Question with dotdotdot dance and forgetting. and memory with vangile gantsho & Vusumzi Ngxande.
They reflect on poetic style and form, collective memory, trauma, invocations of landscape and the landscape of the page, Indigenous narratives, rewriting national histories, spirituality, and writing to ease the weight of silence and of history.
In this episode we stand in solidarity with Rahile Dawut, a prominent anthropologist and leading expert on the study of Uyghur folklore and cultural traditions, imprisoned in China. To learn more about her case, go to https://pen-international.org/campaigns/day-of-the-imprisoned-writer-2021
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