Beth Piatote Author Event

We're thrilled to have Beth Piatote here Friday, November 8th at 7pm for her debut collection The Beadworkers. Beth will be in conversation with special guests Crisosto Apache and Abigail Chabitnoy. BookBar is happy to partner with At the Inkwell Denver in co-hosting this event!

About the Book: Beth Piatote's luminous debut collection opens with a feast, grounding its stories in the landscapes and lifeworlds of the Native Northwest, exploring the inventive and unforgettable pattern of Native American life in the contemporary world. Told with humor, subtlety, and spareness, the mixed-genre works of Beth Piatote’s first collection find unifying themes in the strength of kinship, the pulse of longing, and the language of return. A woman teaches her niece to make a pair of beaded earrings while ruminating on a fractured relationship. An eleven-year-old girl narrates the unfolding of the Fish Wars in the 1960s as her family is propelled to its front lines. In 1890, as tensions escalate at Wounded Knee, two young men at college—one French and the other Lakota—each contemplate a death in the family. In the final, haunting piece, a Nez Perce–Cayuse family is torn apart as they debate the fate of ancestral remains in a moving revision of the Greek tragedy Antigone. Formally inventive and filled with vibrant characters, The Beadworkers draws on Indigenous aesthetics and forms to offer a powerful, sustaining vision of Native life.

About the Author: Beth Piatote is a writer and scholar. She is Nez Perce from Chief Joseph's Band and is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes. She holds a PhD from Stanford University and is currently an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in the Bay Area with her two children.


Special Guests:

Crisosto Apache, originally from Mescalero, New Mexico (US), on the Mescalero Apache Reservation, is Mescalero Apache, Chiricahua Apache, and Diné / Navajo. His Diné clans are Salt Clan born for the Towering House Clan. He holds an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Crisosto is an Assistant Professor of English at the Rocky Mountain College for Art + Design. He is the Associate Poetry Editor for the Offing Magazine. He also continues his advocacy work for the Native American LGBTQ / ‘two spirit’ identity. Crisosto’s debut collection GENESIS (Lost Alphabet) stems from the vestiges of memory and cultural identity of a self-emergence as language, body, and cosmology. Some of the poems in this collection have appeared in Denver Quarterly (Pushcart Nominee), Cream City Review, Plume Anthology, Common Place: The Journal of Early American Life, photographer Christopher Felver’s Tending the Fire. and most recently The Poetry Foundation’s POETRY Magazine June 2018 issue. Crisosto Apache Website:

Abigail Chabitnoy earned her MFA in poetry at Colorado State University and was a 2016 Peripheral Poets fellow. Her poems have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry ReviewBoston Review, Tin House,Gulf CoastLitHub, and Red Ink, among others. She is a Koniag descendant and member of the Tangirnaq Native Village in Kodiak, Alaska, grew up in Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Colorado. Her debut poetry collection, How to Dress a Fish,was recently released from Wesleyan University Press. 



Event date: 
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Beadworkers: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640092686
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Counterpoint - October 22nd, 2019

GENESIS Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948333900
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Lost Alphabet - January 30th, 2018