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Welcome to the Native American Literature Symposium Website

With literature as a crossroads where many forms of knowledge meet—art, history, politics, science, religion—we welcome once again spirited participation on all aspects of Native American studies. We invite proposals for individual papers, panel discussions, readings, exhibits, demonstrations, and workshops, as well as retrospectives and forecasts for the future of the literatures of Indigenous peoples.

NALS 2015 Program | NALS 2014 Program | NALS 2013 Program | NALS 2012 Program |

Past Speakers and Events

2016 Preliminary Program

The Native American Literature Symposium 2016

March 17th - 19th

Isleta Resort

Albuquerque, New Mexico



Preliminary Program

The Native American Literature Symposium 2015

March 12th - 14th

Isleta Resort

Albuquerque, New Mexico

2015 Keynote Speakers






Stephen Graham Jones (Blackfeet) is the author of 15 novels, 6 collections, and more than 200 stories.  He has been a Shirley Jackson Award finalist three times, a Bram Stoker Award finalist and received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in fiction. His most recent books include, Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly (Dzanc, with Paul Tremblay), After the People Lights Have Gone Off (horror collection, Dark House), and Growing up Dead in Texas (MP publishing).  He teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Frances Washburn (Lakota/Anishinabe) is the author of The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band.  Wasburn was born and raised on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  She is also the author of two previous novels, Elsie’s Business and The Sacred White Turkey, and is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the American Indian Studies department at the University of Arizona.


2014 Keynote Speakers

National Book Award Winner Louise Erdrich

Eric Gansworth Author of the Young Adult Novel If I Ever Get Out of Here

First Nations Manitoba Writers:

David Alexander Robertson, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, and Duncan Mercredi

















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