Join us on the evening of Monday, April 9th, for a reading from both Vernon Begay and Jill Divine.
Vernon Begay is Bįį bitó ní. He was raised on the Western Navajo reservation. He shares his love for horses as his dad once did, a Tó’ aheedlííníí man. His Kinłichíi’ nii chei gave him voice, that intrigues him, from the root of naming what a man can’t understand to the feather edge sound of sad that he exists in. Tsé deeshgizhníí are his nails. As all rez boys do, they follow their brother’s footsteps and he did this. Imagine from the time they gain balance on two feet, they race everywhere which carried into football to drawing and finally welding, it turns out these rez boys were good at necklacing a pipe by stacking metal puddles. All things do come to an end as we all know, and a beginning happens, and that day was Aug. 4, 2004. The old Kinłichii’ nii man left to finally be with his mother, whom he never meant, whom only horse people can identify with as a seat saved by a mother’s lap for her infant. So this was how it began for him, and he finally wandered into and received a BFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Jill Divine has worked as an ice cream truck driver, barista, City Hall employee, waitress, teacher and substance abuse counselor. She was born in Kansas, but now lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she works at the jail teaching poetry, anger management, 12-step programs, relationship and parenting classes, art, and providing substance abuse counseling. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines. She received her
MFA in Poetry from Northern Arizona University. She currently spends her free time gardening, reading, writing, adventuring, improving her culinary skills and having fun with her friends and family.