Musician, Poet Featured in Ucross Spotlight

Musician/singer/songwriter Kate Schutt and poet Sherwin Bitsui will be featured in a Ucross Spotlight on ZOOM on April 30.

The event, which is part of a nationwide series of artist-centric events, will start at 6 p.m. The event is designed to highlight Ucross alumni, their work and their contribution to the nation’s arts and letters. Registration is required in advance.

Schutt is an award-winning songwriter, singer, guitarist and producer. Bitsui, who is a visual artist as well as a poet, is originally from the Navajo Reservation at White Cone, Ariz.

To register for the event, clink this link: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.

Schutt studied poetry at Harvard and guitar at Berklee College of Music. Her songs have won top honors from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and ASCAP. Her most recent project, the album “Bright Nowhere,” made with producer/arranger Rob Mounsey, maps the landscape of loss around her mother’s diagnosis and death from ovarian cancer.

Bitsui is the author of “Shapeshift,” “Flood Song” and “Dissolve,” and his honors include a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship and a Native Arts & Culture Foundation Arts Fellowship.

He is recipient of a 2010 PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award and a Whiting Writers Award. He teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts and Northern Arizona University.

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