Speaker Event: Manny Loley
Manny Loley, M.F.A.
Diné Writer, Literary Scholar, and Adjunct Professor
Navajo Technical University
“Remembering the Worlds Our Ancestors Traveled: Diné Literary Research, Storytelling, and Community Advocacy in the Glittering World”
What is Diné literature and how does literary culture on the Navajo Nation lend itself to community advocacy? Diné writer and literary scholar Manny Loley will share his thoughts in a lecture and reading on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Inclusivity Resource Center, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall.
In his work, Loley draws on ancestral Diné knowledge and his experience growing up on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico before attending a predominantly white, private college in the Midwest to make sense of a Diné literary culture. His evening lecture and reading, titled “Remembering the Worlds Our Ancestors Traveled: Diné Literary Research, Storytelling, and Community Advocacy in the Glittering World,” will expand upon Loley’s research in analyzing contemporary Diné literature using Diné cultural and spiritual principles while arguing that Diné literature exists outside of Euro-American genre. He will also read a few sections from his forthcoming novel They Collect Rain in Their Palms and discuss how his writing and literary research led him to developing the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute, a summer program which brings together emerging Diné writers and acclaimed Diné authors for writing workshops at Navajo Technical University.
In addition to his Thursday evening lecture, Loley will also meet with St. John’s Indigenous and any interested faculty.
Manny Loley is ‘Áshįįhi, born for Tó Baazhní’ázhí; his maternal grandparents are the Tódích’íi’nii and his paternal grandparents are the Kinyaa’áanii. Loley is from Casamero Lake, New Mexico and serves as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Arts & Humanities at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, New Mexico. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Kenyon College in 2016 and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing-Fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2018. Loley is co-founder of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: Diné Writers’ Collective, co-founder and co-director of the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute, chair of the advisory board to the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate, co-director of the Diné Pride Symposium and contributing fiction editor for Cloudthroat, an online literary publication. His work has appeared in the literary magazine HIKA, as part of Pollentongue: An Indigenous Poetry Salon and Reading, and is forthcoming in RED INK and a Diné writers’ anthology from the University of Arizona Press. In addition to a book of poems, Loley is at work on a novel titled They Collect Rain in Their Palms, which details the experience of an LGBT couple in the face of the Navajo Nation’s ban on same-sex marriage in 2005 and combines prose, poetry, Diné cultural narratives, historical narrative, and family stories.
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