We’d like to give a big warm welcome to the newest addition to the Salina Bookshelf, Inc. catalog to All Eyes on Me: A Collection of Dine Poetry. The collection comes from the mind of Rick Abasta, a Navajo and Filipino poet born and raised in Window Rock and St. Michaels, Arizona.
The collection is 30 poems in length and covers a mix of themes relating to contemporary Navajo life. As he grows older, Abasta becomes critical of life around him but longs for comfort of family, his people, and love. Poems of family troubles blend into poems of love and heartbreak. Capitalism and classism make their way to a reservation backdrop exposing the invasion of western life into reservation blues. This collection shows Abasta’s progression as a thinker and a writer.
All Eyes on Me: A Diné Poetry Collection is available in paperback and priced at $17.95. To find out more information about the book and Salina Bookshelf, Inc., visit www.salinabookshelf.com.
Author Photo by Del Ray Photography.
About the Author
Rick Abasta is Tó áhání (Near the Water People) born for Filipino. His maternal grandfathers are Kin łichíí’nii (Red House People) and his paternal grandfathers are Filipino. He was born on the Navajo Nation in Ft. Defiance, Arizona and raised in Window Rock and St. Michaels, Arizona.
Rick published several fanzines while attending Window Rock High School including The Zoo, Terra Incognita, and Human Persona, Inc. In college, he published two additional all-Native poetry zines, Plethoric Renditions of Existence and More Plethoric Renditions of Existence. On April 20, 2005, he began Ma’ii Productions and seven months later, published Terra Incognita: An Alternative Diné Zine. Rick Abasta lives in Gallup with his wife, Ettie and works for a tribal enterprise in Window Rock as the marketing manager.
Rick Abasta will be participating in the Northern Arizona Book Festival in Downtown Flagstaff. The reading is titled “Salina Bookshelf Presents” and will be held at Firecreek Coffee Company from 3:45-4:45pm.
Her Land, Her Love author Evangeline Parsons Yazzie will also be reading at this event.
Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie and Rick Abasta September 14th, Firecreek Coffee Company
2019 Arizona Indian Education Stakeholders Summit
September 10-11, 2019
Desert Willow Conference Center
Diné Language Teachers Association Fall Conference
October 17-18, 2019
San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico
Arizona Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
AZTESOL 2019 State Conference
November 1-2, 2019
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
The Mountain Plains & New Mexico Library Association
2019 Joint NMLA/MPLA Conference
October 30-November 1
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
800 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
2019 Arizona Library Association Annual Conference
November 6 – 9, 2019
Tucson Convention Center
260 S Church Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85701
2020 Native American Youth, Educators and Employers Conference February 6-8, 2020 Desert Willow Conference Center 4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85040