Following the Sept. 30 evening performance of Where We Belong, hear a special performance of original poetry from Coast Salish poet Sasha LaPointe onstage, followed by a conversation with her about her poetry, the play, and her cultural and Lushootseed language revitalization efforts.
Meet the Poet
Sasha LaPointe is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribe. Native to the Pacific Northwest, she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as from her life in Seattle. She writes with a focus on trauma and resilience, ranging topics from PTSD, sexual violence, the work her great grandmother did for the Coast Salish language revitalization, to loud basement punk shows and what it means to grow up mixed heritage. She has completed a memoir in which she explores the aftermath of sexual assault, first love, and drawing strength from her lineage. Her work has appeared in Hunger Mountain, The Rumpus Literary Journal, Indian Country Today, Luna Luna Magazine, The Yellow Medicine Review, The Portland Review, AS/Us Journal, THE Magazine, and Aborted Society Online Zine. She has recently graduated with an M.F.A. through The Institute of American Indian Arts with a focus on creative nonfiction and poetry. sasha-lapointe.com