Panel: Writing as Affirmation (SEWI Festival of Books)
4:00 PM16:00

Panel: Writing as Affirmation (SEWI Festival of Books)

Join me at the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books at University of Wisconsin-Waukesha! I'll be co-presenting with Margaret Noodin, author of Weweni.

Writing As Affirmation
Date: Saturday, Nov. 4
Panel Time: 4-5pm
Book Signing Time: 5-5:30pm
Location: UW-Waukesha, RoomN127


Margaret Noodin composes her poems in Anishinaabemowin, the language of the Anishinaabe people, and then translates them into English. Her work raises questions about what can be translated and how to bend the dominant language in new directions.

Poet and book artist Amanda Ngoho Reavey combines lyric, documentary, and visual poetry to investigate questions of grief, identity, and transformation, of writing herself into existence.


Margaret Noodin is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the author of Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature and Weweni, a collection of bilingual poems in Ojibwe and English. To see and hear current projects visit

Amanda Ngoho Reavey is a Philippine-born, Wisconsin-raised poet interested in the myths we create when the myths we have no longer sustain us. She is the author of Marilyn, winner of the 2017 Best Book Award in Poetry from the Association for Asian American Studies.


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Bahala na! Writing the Wild Edges
1:00 PM13:00

Bahala na! Writing the Wild Edges

A Craft Talk & Workshop with Amanda Ngoho Reavey

Cost: $40 / $35 for Lynden Sculpture Garden Members (includes a signed copy of MARILYN)


Amanda Ngoho Reavey will give a craft talk on how plant spirit communication influenced her writing process and produced her book, Marilyn, the winner of the 2017 Best Book Award in Poetry from the Association for Asian American Studies.

Then, drawing from her exploration of and reconnection with Indigenous Filipino practices, she will facilitate an experiential writing workshop in which participants embody malinao na isip (clear thoughts) and reconnect with anitos (ancestors and nature spirits) in the garden. Come ready to ask questions and write poetry or prose through the simplicity of presence, breath and touch.

Participants should bring a notebook (please no laptops), a pen, and a small, personally meaningful object. No previous writing experience necessary.

All participants will receive a signed copy of MARILYN.


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to May 25

Class: Beginning Creative Writing (Session 2)

  • UWM Hefter Conference Center (map)
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The following class is through UWM's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. 

Learn or review the traditional basics of a story, including character and plot – and experiment with the writing process. Push yourself to become a better “see-er.” In other words, start with the gentle art of noticing how to take a walk in the woods.

Anais Nin (1903-1977), best remembered for her journal writing, said, “It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene and, as if by magic, we see new meaning in it.”

Date: 5 Thu., Apr. 27-May 25, 2017
Time: 10-11:15am
Fee: $30
Enrollment Limit: 10
Program Number: SPRI:168
Registration Deadline: Thu., Apr. 27, 2017
Register Here.

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