Written by Maria Spray
Published: 29 November -0001
Poetry Reading in English and Keresan by Max Early
Max Early of Laguna Pueblo, prize-winning Santa Fe Indian Market potter and currently the Lannan Indigenous Writer-in-Residence at the School for Advanced Research, will read his original poetry in English and his native Keresan on Tuesday, July 28 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 107 West Barcelona Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The reading will follow a reception at 5:30 p.m. that is free and open to the public.
According to Early, the Keresan language is quickly disappearing from Laguna Pueblo though attempts are being made to preserve it. A small dictionary of approximately 2,600 Keresan words exists, but it is not enough to prevent the disappearance of traditions passed down through countless generations of the Laguna people. Early is working on his second book of poetry at the School for Advanced Research in his effort to keep the Keresan language and customs alive.
Early explains, “I write poetry to preserve thoughts and prayers that seem to be gradually going away. The younger generations have lost a great deal of knowledge from stories and legends that were only told orally. I write to keep these memories and moments alive for the next generations. ”
Max Early has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico and has been writing for eight years. He is also a well-known, award-winning potter whose work can be seen at the Santa Fe Indian Market, the New Mexico State Fair, and many local galleries in Santa Fe.
For more information, please call 505-954-7237.