Luci TapahonsoWe have a special treat for poetry lovers this Thursday night. Luci Tapahonso, professor of American Indian Studies and English at the University of Arizona, Tucson, will be the featured author at the Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading. The reading will be held at 7 p.m. in Room LL108 of the SDSU Library.

Tapahonso’s book Blue Horses Rush In was awarded the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association’s 1998 Award for Poetry. She was also awarded the “1999 Storyteller of the Year” by The Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers. In 1998, she was awarded the Kansas Governor’s Art Award, and Distinguished Woman awards from the National Association of Women in Education and the Girl Scout Council of America. She was featured in Rhino Records’ CD “In Their Own Voices: A Century of American Poetry” and in the films The Desert is No Lady, Art of the Wild, and Woven by the Grandmothers: An Exhibition of 19th Century Navajo Textiles, which were all released on PBS stations. She also authored Sáanii Dahataal: The Women Are Singing, Songs of Shiprock Fair, and A Radiant Curve.