At The Inkwell: Indigenous Writers Night

At the Inkwell Denver's September Indigenous Writers event brings six talented writers to read for you! Get there early, it's going to be packed! Why? Check out our incredible lineup of featured readers! Please note this month's At the Inkwell event starts at 2:30! Organized by Hillary Leftwich and Erika T. Wurth. Hosted by Erika T. Wurth:

Crisosto Apache, originally from Mescalero, New Mexico (US), on the Mescalero Apache Reservation. He 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:; Lost Alphabet’s website:

Byron F. Aspaas is Diné. He is Red Running into the Water; born for Bitter Water. Aspaas earned his degrees from the Institute of American Indian Arts. His hopes are to influence those along his literary journey as a storyteller. His work is tangled in journals and anthologies. Currently, Aspaas is working on a collection of essays, a collection of short stories, and a collection of poetry. He lives just northwest of the Four Sacred Mountains of Dinétah with his partner, his over-loving cats, and ever-adorable dogs.

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of sixteen and a half novels, six story collections, a couple of novellas, and a couple of one-shot comic books. Most recent are Mapping the Interior and My
. Next are The Only Good Indians (Saga) and Night of the Mannequins ( Stephen lives and teaches in Boulder, Colorado.

Manny Loley is ‘Áshįįhi born for Tó Baazhní’ázhí; his maternal grandparents are the Tódích’íi’nii and his paternal grandparents are the Kinyaa’áanii. Loley is from Casamero Lake, New Mexico and serves as an Adjunct Faculty in the School of Arts & Humanities at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, New Mexico. He holds an M.F.A. in fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts and will be entering the Ph.D. in English and Literary Arts at the University of Denver in fall 2019. Loley is a founding member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: Diné Writers’ Collective, co-founder and director of the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute, chair of the advisory board to the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate, and contributing fiction editor for Cloudthroat, an online literary publication. His work has appeared in HIKA, Pollentongue: An Indigenous Poetry Salon and Reading, and the Santa Fe Literary Review. Loley is at work on a novel titled They Collect Rain in Their Palms.

David Heska Wanbli Weiden is the author of the novel Winter Counts, forthcoming in August 2020 from Ecco/HarperCollins, and a second book, Wounded Horse, also from Ecco/HarperCollins.  Both novels will be published in France by Gallmeister Editions.  His children's book, Spotted Tail, will be released in October 2019 from Reycraft Books.  He’s the recipient of a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the PEN/America Writing for Justice Fellowship, a Tin House Scholarship, and a Ragdale Foundation residency.  He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.  His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Shenandoah, Yellow Medicine Review, Transmotion, and other magazines. He’s a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver and teaches creative writing at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

Erika T. Wurth’s publications include two novels, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend and You Who Enter Here, two collections of poetry and a collection of short stories, Buckskin Cocaine. A writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Boulevard, The Writer’s Chronicle, Waxwing and The Kenyon Review. She is a Kenyon Review Writers Workshop Scholar, attended the Tin House Summer Workshop, and has been chosen as a narrative artist for the Meow Wolf Denver installation. She is represented by Julia Eagleton at the Gernert Agency. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver.

Event date: 
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm