Osage poet Elise Paschen is just one of the many writers who will be featured at the 25th anniversary of Returning the Gift, a Native & Indigenous Literary Festival to be hosted on the University of Oklahoma campus Oct. 8-11 in Norman, Okla.
The event will be held at the Oklahoma College of Continuing Education, Thurman J. White Forum Building, on the OU campus.
Featured writers for the conference include Arigon Starr, Tim Tingle, Carter Revard (Osage), and Linda Hogan, according to a press release. More than 50 presentations will include panel discussions, readings, and films during the four-day event. There will also be a Young Writers’ Workshop, which will engage students of the Riverside Indian School from Anadarko, Okla., according to the release.
Choctaw and Kiowa artist Steven Paul Judd will perform a live paint during a reading by Leanne Howe on the evening of Oct. 8. The University of Oklahoma’s Indigenous People’s Day Ceremony will be held on the morning of Oct. 9, followed by a talk by Acoma Pueblo poet Simon Ortiz.
Oct. 10 will feature panels, readings, and presentations throughout the day. The evening will feature the Native Writers Circle of the Americans banquet that will honor the late Dakota poet and activist John Trudell and the late Anishinaabe writer Jim Northrup, according to the release. Diane Glancy, Alison Hedge Coke, and Duane Niatum will receive the Annual Lifetime Achievement award for the years of 2014-2017.
“Not only are we excited about seeing old friends, but we are excited to welcome young writers to Returning the Gift and the Native Writers Circle of the Americas,” said Returning the Gift conference coordinator, Dr. Barbara Hobson. “It’s time to re-energize the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and to grow the organization.”