March 2022

Cynthia Leitich Smith


Cynthia Leitich Smith is the best-selling, acclaimed author of books for all ages, including "Rain Is Not My Indian Name," "Indian Shoes," "Jingle Dancer" and "Hearts Unbroken." She is the author-curator of Heartdrum, a Native-focused imprint at HarperCollins Children's Books, and is on the core faculty of the M.F.A. program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and lives in Austin, Texas.

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Scheduled events:
Heartdrum: Native Voices and Visions
Three Indigenous authors talk about their new books within an initiative called Heartdrum to publish books that reflect the heartbeat of Native communities. Their stories share their visions of the present and future viewed through their lived experiences as Native creators.

Helios Education Foundation Children/Teen Stage (Seats 1000)
Sun, Mar 7, 2021, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Children / Teens
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Panelists: Christine Day, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Brian Young
Moderator: Celeste Trimble
Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation

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