LAF 2022: Featuring Layli Long Soldier

On Thursday, March 24th at 4:30 p.m.  join us on Zoom for City Tech student stories and our 2022 LAF featured writer,  LAYLI LONG SOLDIER.


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This year’s poster was designed by City Tech student Evelyn Ng who is an intern with the amazing Faculty Commons Design Team. 

Layli Long Soldier is an Oglala Lakota poet whose 2017 Whereas received many accolades and awards–including being selected as a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry and winning the National Book Critics Circle Award. Here is the description of Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas by her publisher:

“WHEREAS confronts the coercive language of the United States government in its responses, treaties, and apologies to Native American peoples and tribes, and reflects that language in its officiousness and duplicity back on its perpetrators. Through a virtuosic array of short lyrics, prose poems, longer narrative sequences, resolutions, and disclaimers, Layli Long Soldier has created a brilliantly innovative text to examine histories, landscapes, her own writing, and her predicament inside national affiliations. ‘I am,’ she writes, ‘a citizen of the United States and an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, meaning I am a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation—and in this dual citizenship I must work, I must eat, I must art, I must mother, I must friend, I must listen, I must observe, constantly I must live.’ This strident, plaintive book introduces a major new voice in contemporary literature.”

Here also is a link to a review of the book from the New York Times and another one from PBS. And, here is also a video of her reading from her poem “38” which is also available on line here.