Bunnell Street Arts Center welcomes Iñupiaq poet and a tribal member of the Native Village of Kaktovik, Allison Akootchook Warden as Artist in Residence for November 5 – 13. She will present a reading on November 12, 5:30 pm, free at Bunnell Street Arts Center.
Warden will focus on expanding aulayaiqsimarugut (we are immovable/we are steadfast) into a full-length play and work on her novel and poetry. In addition, Warden hopes to update her website and research forming a publishing company for music.
A short version of aulayaiqsimarugut debuted at Out North theatre in April of 2022. Her poem, we acknowledge ourselves, was recently featured in Poetry Magazine, where she was also in conversation with editor Ester Belin as part of their podcast series. Also in 2022, Warden wrote poetry for Insidious Rising, a hyphen-labs online media project for Google Arts & Cultures. In 2017/18, Warden’s twitter poems were part of the Unsettled exhibition which originated at the Nevada Museum of Art and toured to the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Anchorage Museum. In 2017, the Anchorage Museum published Warden’s book of twitter poems, TAIMANISAAQ/AKKUPAK (the long long ago/right now). Warden is an alumna of the Creative Writing artistic residency at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in Woodside, California.
This program is made possible with funding by the National Performance Network.