Conference / Symposium

Poetics of Law: A Poetry Reading

Sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the Stanford Arts Institute, and Theater and Performance Studies.


Friday, March 5, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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Please join us for a cross-cutting poetry reading and panel discussion featuring Layli Long Soldier, author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection WHEREAS, a response to the failures of the 2009 Congressional Resolution of Apology to Native Americans, and Dr. Ann Tweedy, award-winning poet and legal scholar specializing in tribal jurisdiction and tribal civil rights law. Presenting recent and forthcoming poetry and scholarship, Long Soldier and Tweedy will shine a light on the violence sanctioned by American legal language and structures against Native American tribes and peoples, even as their work demonstrates a commitment to reclaiming those forms toward alternative ends. Stanford Jones lecturer and poet Monica Sok will moderate this essential conversation at the intersection of poetry, indigeneity, injustice, and the law. A complimentary copy of either Ann Tweedy’s or Layli Long Soldier’s book will be provided to the first 15 to RSVP.

Layli Long Soldier holds a B.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an M.F.A. from Bard College. Her poems have appeared in POETRY Magazine, The New York Times, The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review Online, BOMBand elsewhere. She is the recipient of an NACF National Artist Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. She has also received the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Award and the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the author of Chromosomory (Q Avenue Press, 2010) and WHEREAS (Graywolf Press, 2017). She resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Ann Tweedy is a poet and a law professor who specializes in federal law relating to Native American tribes, as well as bisexuality and the law. Her full-length poetry book, The Body’s Alphabet (Headmistress Press 2016), was awarded a Bisexual Book Award and was named as a Lambda Literary Award finalist. She is also the author of three chapbooks--White Out (Green Fuse Poetic Arts 2013), Beleaguered Oases (2nd ed. Seven Kitchens Press 2020), and A Registry of Survival (Last Word Press 2020)--and she has been nominated for two Best of the Net Awards and two Pushcart Prizes. Professor Tweedy joined the faculty at University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law in January 2020, after having served most recently as in-house counsel for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe in Washington State. She has seven years of experience serving on law school faculties and fourteen years of law practice and judicial clerkship experience. She also has been writing poetry for over twenty years. Her legal scholarship strives to make legally sanctioned injustices to tribes visible. Professor Tweedy earned a J.D. (Order of the Coif) from UC Berkeley School of Law and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hamline University.

Monica Sok is a Cambodian American poet and the daughter of refugees. She is the author of A Nail the Evening Hangs On (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). Her work has been recognized with a "Discovery" Prize from 92Y. She has received fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Hedgebrook, Jerome Foundation, Kundiman, MacDowell, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, Saltonstall Foundation, and others. Sok is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and teaches poetry to Southeast Asian youths at the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants in Oakland, California. She is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.