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Mni Flower Songs

  • True Reformer Building 1200 U Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)

Borrowing the word for "water" in the Lakota expression "Mni WIconi" or "Water is Life" and adding it to the English translation of the Nahuatl expression "in xochitl in cuicatl," expressed as "flor y canto" in Spanish--with both referring to "poetry," gives us "Mni Flower Song,"

"MNI FLOWER SONGS: A Multicultural Floricanto in Solidarity w/ Standing Rock" is presented by HUIZACHE Magazine which is simultaneously celebrating the release of issue #6. Our Floricanto in honor of indigenous struggles to protect sacred waters and land will coincide with the annual AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Prograns) Conference & Bookfair. Located just 12 blocks away from the conference site at the D.C. Convention Center, the True Reformer Building is a natural home for the expression of support inspired by native caretakers of sacred lands.

MNI FLOWER SONGS honors the native American water protectors and their allies who have struggled valiantly to let the world know about the dangers they and millions more downstream face should the pipeline ever rupture.

Generously lending their voices in support of water protectors sure to face renewed attacks after the incoming administration takes office are a group of nationally and internationally renowned literary artists and human rights activists. They include: Neelanjana Banerjee, poet and a driving force behind Kaya PressSarah Browning, Director/Founder of Split This Rock Poetry Festival; Lorna Dee Cervantes, award-winning poet and Mango Publications editor; Tony Diaz, founder of the Librotraficante movement, Dagoberto Gilb, aclaimed author and founder of Huizache Magazine,.Luís J. Rodríguez, Los Angeles Poet Laureate, human rights activis and founder of Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstoret; Odilia Galván Rodriguez, POETRY OF RESISTANCE anthology co-editor and poet; Luis Lopez-Maldonado, poet and co-editor of the Brillantina poetry project focused on the tragedy in Orlando; poet, playwright and actor Amalia Leticia Ortiz, National Poetry Slam finalist and Def Poetry veteran; Abel Salas, poet, journalist and publisher of Brooklyn & BoyleSusana Sandoval, poet, human rights activist and candidate for U.S. Congress; Aimee Suzara, poet and playwright; Pam Uschuk, editor-in-chief of CUTTHROAT: A Journal of the Arts; and Désirée Zamorano, novelist and Occidental College instructor.

The reading is free and open to the public. It begins promptly at 6pm. #nanettebarragan  #nodapl #kayapress #mniwiconi #mniflowersongs#standingrock #standupforstandingrock #ocetisakowin #freeleonard#tiachucha #luisjrodriguez #alwaysrunning