Seattle Central Central2Community series features indigenous poet

Seattle Central College Central2Community series hosted local poet Cedar Sigo on May 11 for an evening of poetry and a conversation on social justice through the arts. Sigo is the first speaker in the series focusing on indigenous voices.

Sigo shared his experiences growing up on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest, how he got interested in poetry, and how he uses his voice to affect racial and social change.  Sigo read poems from his published works, including Expensive Magic and Royals.

The event was facilitated by Seattle Central student and activist Alessandra Roque. The conversation was led by Seattle Central Associate Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Dr. Valerie Hunt.

Sigo studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. He is the author of eight books and pamphlets of poetry. He has taught workshops at St. Mary’s College, Naropa University, and University Press Books. He is currently a mentor in the residency MFA program at The Institute of American Indian Arts. He lives in Lofall, Wash.

The Central2Community Arts and Lecture Series supports the college’s role in social justice movements by featuring artists, activists, and thought leaders from different communities in our region.