Speakers Set for New Mexico 2013

Posted January 30, 2013

Simon Ortiz, Regents Professor of English and American Indian Studies at Arizona State University and Bread Loaf/Santa Fe faculty member, will launch the summer program with a reading from his poetry and prose. Ortiz, a leading figure in the Native American Literary Renaissance, was born and raised in Acoma Pueblo; his creative work grows out of that community's powerful storytelling tradition and emphasizes orality, identiy, and our relationship with the land. 

Ortiz is a recipient of the New Mexico Humanities Council Humanitarian Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Discovery Award, the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Writer's Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He was an Honored Poet at the 1981 White House Salute to Poetry.                       

Michael Katz, C. V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies, Middlebury College, and Bread Loaf Santa Fe faculty member 2013, will speak on June 25 about his current project, "The Tolstoy Family Story Contest." Katz retranslates Tolstoy's notorious and controversial story, "The Kreutzer Sonata," and translates into English for the first time two "counter-stories" by Tolstoy’s wife and one by their son, all of which disagree with Tolstoy’s tale. His wife's stories, recently published in Moscow, lay hidden for almost 100 years in an attempt to avoid compromising her reputation as Tolstoy's faithful wife and the mother of his many children.

Michael Katz is the author of The Literary Ballad in Early Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature and Dreams and the Unconscious in Nineteenth-Century Russian Fiction. He has translated and edited the Norton Critical Editions of Fyodor Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground and Ivan Turgenev's Fathers and Children. He has also translated, among other works, Dostoevsky's Devils, Alexander Herzen's Who Is to Blame? and N. G. Chernyshevsky's What Is to Be Done? 

Internationally-acclaimed photographer Lee Marmon, a member of Laguna Pueblo, will present a new film about his life, land, and photographic work. Named a “Living Legend” at the 2009 Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, Marmon has amassed a portfolio consisting of thousands of black-and-white images, a striking visual chronicle of the last generation of Native Americans to live by their traditional ways and values.

Lee Marmon’s many other awards and honors include an ADDY Award for contributing to the Peabody Award-winning PBS-TV documentary, Surviving Columbus, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southwest Association of Indian Arts, and the Kantuta Award from the Czech Ministry of Culture for promoting cross-cultural understanding with his photography.

Photo of Simon Ortiz by David Burckhalter.