Navajo Nation Poet Laureate

Laura Tohe is Diné (Navajo). She is Sleepy Rock clan born for the Bitter Water clan and the daughter of a Navajo Code Talker. She holds a Ph.D. in Indigenous American Literature. A librettist and an award-winning poet, her books include No Parole Today, Making Friends with Water (chapbook), Sister Nations (edited), Tséyi, Deep in the Rock, and Code Talker Stories (oral history). She wrote a commissioned libretto, Enemy Slayer, A Navajo Oratorio, for the Phoenix Symphony. Currently she is writing a libretto for an opera to be produced in Europe in 2019.   She is Professor with Distinction in Indigenous Literature at Arizona State University and is the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate for 2015-2019.

She will be speaking in Springdale at the Canyon Community Center on Friday, March 9th.

Canyon Community Center

126 Lion Blvd., Springdale

Friday, March 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm


This project is supported by Utah Arts and Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts .


Z-Arts would like to thank Utah Humanities for their contributions to bring this amazing talent to the Zion Canyon!




Thank you to the Town of Springdale and the Canyon Community Center for supporting this event