Join us on 10/31 for Another Rudolfo & Patricia Anaya Symposium on the Indigenous SW, featuring Jason Asenap, Tristan Ahtone, and Shaun Beyale

On Thursday, October 31st, the UNM Department of English will host the second of its three symposia on Indigenous research, art, and activism in the Southwest. All symposia begin at 4pm and take place in the Bobo Room, located on the 3rd floor of the Hodgin Hall Alumni Center, 1889 Central NE. They are free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

Our second symposium, “New Approaches, New Genres: Indigenous Voices Now,” will feature Jason Asenap, a Comanche and Muscogee Creek writer, director, and occasional actor based in Albuquerque, NM. He holds an MFA in Screenwriting from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, and his films have screened around the United States, in Canada, Finland, and New Zealand. In addition to film, Asenap contributes thoughtful journalism, primarily about Indigenous contributions to film, art, and culture in High Country NewsFirst American Art, and Indian Country Today. Asenap will present alongside Tristan Ahtone and Shaun Beyale, with whom he collaborated to produce the graphic novel, Nizhóni Girls.Ahtone is a member of the Kiowa Tribe, Associate Editor for Tribal Affairs at High Country News, and president of the Native American Journalists Association. Beyale is of the Navajo Nation and an artist who does Illustrations, paintings, screen printing, and digital work. Each speaker will discuss the visual, speculative, and cinematic genres of their work, which re-imagine the various myths about the people and place of the Indigenous Southwest.

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The English Department will host its tenth annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest next October 1, 2020. Mr. Anaya established the lecture series ten years ago through a generous gift to the English Department. A renowned fiction writer and founder of UNM’s distinguished Creative Writing Program, Mr. Anaya is also an Emeritus Professor of English at UNM. Zimmerman Library just launched the Rudolfo Anaya Digital Archive (, and the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections houses the Rudolfo A. Anaya Papers. 

Please pledge your support for the annual lecture series:   

Also, visit the Rudolfo Anaya Digital Archive.

Thank you to our UNM co-sponsors for supporting the 2019 Anaya Symposia on the Indigenous Southwest: Chicana/Chicano Studies, Creative Writing Program, English, Institute for American Indian Research. Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, University Libraries.