Let's celebrate Diné writers and the many ways we engage in craft and creativity!
There are countless books, articles, tutorials, classes, workshops, and conferences built around craft. And yet, often we are left translating what we learn about writing from a Western-focused tradition of literature into our own understanding through our cultural, political, and historical experiences. Imagine instead, this issue as a place for us to talk about craft in the many ways we experience it as Diné.
We want to read about skills, techniques, and approaches to writing and to craft elements such as setting, character, voice, narration, lyrical qualities, poetic measure, narration, form, genre, etc. This does not need to be a formal essay, it can be personal, hybrid, or even a series of thoughts or examples. What do you wish you had learned when you started writing?
If you are a Diné writer and find discussions on craft limiting or unrecognizable within your experience, cultural framework, or sense of art and craft, please consider contributing to this issue. Contributors will be compensated with a stipend.
- Submit an essay (5,000 word limit) or a video and/or audio of you reading your essay or a presentation.
- Contact our editor for questions about hybrid and visual texts (comics, collage, art).
*This issue is sponsored by Colorado College's English Department, Hairstreak Butterfly Review, Creativity & Innovation, the Race, Ethnicity, and Migration studies program, and Indigenous Studies.
Edited by: Natanya Ann Pulley (Kinyaa’áanii / Táchii’nii)