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    Native poets show recent work

    Add some Southwestern culture to your life and attend a poetry reading by two award-winning authors Thursday.

    UA professors Luci Tapahonso and Ofelia Zepeda will celebrate the release of their respective books, “”A Radiant Curve”” and “”Where Clouds are Formed”” during the reading.

    Both women work the traditions of their cultures and lives into their writing.

    “”I know a lot of our work stems from where we come from,”” said Zepeda, who is Tohono O’odham. “”Luci’s Navajo and I’m down here in the southern part so you have an interest in some of those kinds of perspectives that lend themselves to poetry.””

    While both poets write mainly in English, there are a few poems in their native languages.

    “”Luci sometimes uses Navajo in her writing and then I use O’odham,”” Zepeda said. “”Two totally different languages, but both native languages.””

    The women are excited to read together for the first time, Tapahonso said, adding that it’s nice to do this because UA Press published her book and the women spend most of their time in this community.

    “”It’s going to be an interesting reading,”” Tapahonso said.

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