2021/22 Native Artist-in-Residence: Arianne True
On August 31, 2021, Seattle Rep announced its first Native Artist-in-Residence Arianne True, a local poet and folk artist.
“Arianne’s project excited the selection committee on many levels,” Director of Arts Engagement Nabra Nelson said. “The way she approaches poetry seamlessly integrates performance and writing, and her showcase installation will bring the PONCHO Forum alive in a way that has never been seen before. Not only will her interactive installation inspire audiences and community members, but additional community engagement throughout her residency will open our eyes to experimental poetry and Native art throughout the season. Seattle Rep feels prepared and excited to support Arianne in this next stage in her artistry, and to kick off the Native Artist-in-Residence program with her vision at the forefront.”
2021/22 Native Artist-in-Residence
Arianne True (Choctaw, Chickasaw) teaches and mentors with Writers in the Schools (WITS), the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate program, and the Young Writers Cohort. She has received fellowships from Jack Straw and Hugo House and is a proud alum of Hedgebrook and of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). The residency she will bring to Seattle Rep will include public events and a culminating multimedia event installation centering around her book of experimental poems that engage people in actively participating in the act of reading.
Header image: Arianne True, photo by Libby Lewis.