Presented by the Native Studies Forum. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Native American & Indigenous Student Group at NYU.
Please join us for a celebration of friendship, literature, poetry, Sia’s five-O birthday, and a chance for the NYU community to hear and talk with two of the most celebrated and treasured artists of Oceania, Dan Taulapapa McMullin (Coconut Milk) and Sia Figiel (Free Love). The readings will be followed by Q&A, to be followed by a light reception.
Sia Figiel is an internationally acclaimed Samoan writer, poet, and painter. She has written four novels, a prose-poetry collection, and a CD of amplified poetry with the poet and scholar Dr. Teresia Teaiwa. Her first novel, where we once belonged, won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize Best First Book for the South East Asia – South Pacific region. Sia has read and performed her work at high schools and universities, half-way houses, prisons, literary festivals, and the Shakespeare Globe Theater, London. Her work is translated to French, German, Spanish, Catalan, Turkish, and Portuguese. Sia is a tandem mom to two sons, a triathlete, and an advocate for diabetes. Her most recent novel Free Love was published in 2016.
Dan Taulapapa McMullin is an artist and poet from American Samoa. In July 2017, activated his “Aue Away” pieces in performance at the Metropolitan Museum with artist Rosanna Raymond. His poems and paintings are featured in May 2017 World Literature Today Native Issue, Poetry Magazine‘s Summer 2016 issue, and his book of poems Coconut Milk (University of Arizona Press, 2013) was on the American Library Association Rainbow List Top Ten Books of the Year. Taulapapa’s artwork has graced numerous galleries in cities throughout the world, and his film Sinalela won the 2002 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival Best Short Film Award. His current projects include Aue Away, an art installation, and 100 Tikis, an art appropriation video, addressing the intersection of tiki kitsch and indigenous sovereignty. Taulapapa’s art studio and writing practice is based in Hudson, New York, where he lives with his partner Stephen.