Indigenous Poetics Lab


The Indigenous Poetics Lab supports the generation and amplification of the arts (music, visual arts, creative writing, digital arts, and performance) based in Indigenous languages and aesthetics. In particular, the Indigenous Poetics Lab supports creative expression as a powerful avenue of Indigenous language revitalization. 

 The Initiative highlights the work of contemporary Indigenous artists across fields, while providing opportunities for arts generation by language activists working from and/or with Indigenous languages and communities. Planned activities include artist events, craft talks, generative workshops at the Point Reyes Field Station, and other activities.

Under the theme of Reclamation, the 2023 Spring and Fall terms of Poetry and the Senses will be led by Indigenous writers who draw on Indigenous languages and aesthetics: Craig Santos Perez (Chamoru), Natalie Diaz (Mojave), and Beth Piatote (Nez Perce). Berkeley’s poetry fellows will be joined by a team of writers from University of Hawaii (Perez); Arizona State University (Diaz); and the community-based Nez Perce writing collective, luk’upsíimey (Piatote).

Indigenous Poetics Lab

Writing Workshop

Pt Reyes Field Station

October 21-23, 2022

This fall, ARC will beta test the first Indigenous Poetic Lab’s weekend writing workshop at Pt Reyes Field Station, led by ARC Director Beth Piatote. This generative arts research retreat will host 8 grad students, and will be free for all participants. The workshop will take place Oct 21-23. This workshop is invite only.

Headlands of Point Reyes National Seashore (courtesy of Pt Reyes Field Station site here)