N. Scott Momaday reads poems and prose that would go on to appear in The Gourd Dancer (1976), In the Presence of the Sun: Stories and Poems, 1961-1991 (1992), The Man Made of Words: Essays, Stories, Passages (1997), and The Ancient Child (1989), as well as two unpublished poems.
Sherman Alexie reads widely from his work and engages the audience with stories characterized by his signature humor.
Luci Tapahonso reads for the 2011 Poetics and Politics Series. She reads work from several of her books, as well as unpublished poems.
Laura Tohe reads from No Parole Today (1999) and poems that would later be published in Tséyi'/Deep in the Rock: Reflections on Canyon de Chelly (2005). Stephen Strom, the photographer for Tséyi'/Deep in the Rock: Reflections on Canyon de Chelly, also briefly speaks about his work.
N. Scott Momaday reads from across his body of work, sharing excerpts from his novel The Ancient Child (1989) together with poems from his soon-to-be-published In the Presence of the Sun: Stories and Poems, 1961-1991 (1992). After opening the reading with three humorous epitaphs, Momaday discusses Set-angya, a 19th century Kiowa chief who reappears throughout his work.
Natalie Diaz reads at a symposium hosted by Feminist Formations, an interdisciplinary journal of women's, gender, and sexuality studies. This performance includes poems from When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012); Diaz also reads several poems that are forthcoming in Feminist Formations. This reading was originally given with Niki Herd.
Joy Harjo reads poems from The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (1994), along with the essay "Warrior Road." This reading was originally given with Leslie Marmon Silko.
Simon J. Ortiz reads poems following the theme that poetry is the voice that we all speak.
Ofelia Zepeda reads from Ocean Power (1995) and Where Clouds Are Formed (2008); she also reads several new poems. Some poems are performed in Tohono O'odham and English.
Greg Sarris reads a story titled "Waiting for the Green Frog" from his collection Grand Avenue: A Novel in Stories (1994).
Luci Tapahonso reads poems from throughout her career, including poems from her collection Sáanii Dahataal (the women are singing) (1993).
Ofelia Zepeda reads from her poems in O'odham and in English. She also reads from an unfinished translation of a story originally told by an O'odham medicine man.
Joy Harjo reads from Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (2015) and How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems (2002). She also plays flute and soprano saxophone. This reading was given as part of the Climate Change & Poetry Series.