Native American poet Layli Long Soldier reads Wednesday as part of literary series in Holyoke



Staff Writer
Published: 2/9/2021 1:06:11 PM

HOLYOKE — Layli Long Soldier, an award-winning poet from Santa Fe, New Mexico, will read Wednesday, Feb. 10, as part of the Paper City Poetry Series.

Long Soldier, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, is the author of the 2017 poetry collection “Whereas,” which won a National Books Critics Circle award and was a finalist for a National Book Award.

The series is a presentation of The Care Center, the educational and cultural resource center for young women who are pregnant and parenting.

Long Soldier is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts and of Bard College and has also won a number of other awards for her poetry, which examines the violence and cultural erasure native tribes have faced in the United States.

Her online reading takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, though registration is required. To register, contact before 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The Paper City Poetry Series is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s YouthReach Program. Other poets who have taken part in the series include Martín Espada, Franny Choi, Marilyn Chin, Ross Gay and Cheryl Boyce Taylor.

The Care Center, located on Cabot Street and founded in 1986, provides services to more than 100 pregnant and parenting teens annually, including academic classes, on-site day care, health care, counseling and transportation.

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