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Aug 24 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: New Poets of Native Nations with Heid E. Erdrich at Zenith Bookstore

Heid E. Erdrich presents New Poets of Native Nations (Graywolf Press, 2018), a landmark anthology celebrating Native poets first published in the 21st century, on Friday, August 24, 2018, 7 p.m., at Zenith Bookstore in Duluth, Minnesota.
Gathering poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and tribal affiliations, editor Heid E. Erdrich presents an extraordinary range of new Native poetry. The 21 poets featured in the collection, whose first books were published after the year 2000, have written poems of great breadth, including long narratives, political outcries, experimental work, and traditional lyrics. The result is a contemporary, singular, and essential anthology.
Heid will be introduced at this evening's event by Duluth author Linda LeGarde Grover, whose most recent work Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year received the 2018 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction.

Praise for New Poets of Native Nations
“This collection is a breathtaking, wide-ranging work of art, comprising everything from electrifying political dissent to narratives in verse to abstract formats. It is a modern classic.” – Buzzfeed
“Here are twenty-one new (and not-so-new) Native poets, writing in English and sometimes our original languages still listening and translating into language what is given to give back. These twenty-one new poets, like their predecessors, are emerging from the Earth or falling from the Sky, from industrial streets, boarding schools, fast cars, all-night tribal or city dances, MFA programs, and bureaucratic lines. Beauty threads with squalor. This is Earth. What a collection Heid E. Erdrich has made of so many original and fresh Native voices, from so many places, gathered here, right here; it is happening, this new Native Nations poetry.” — Joy Harjo
“At their best, anthologies minimize canonization and maximize community and conversation. In New Poets of Native Nations, Heid E. Erdrich invites twenty-one innovative voices to talk to each other and us, and the result is remarkable. I love how this generous collection integrates work from established writers such as Gordon Henry, LeAnne Howe, and Janet McAdams with newer poets like Natalie Diaz, Jennifer Foerster, Layli Long Soldier, and Tommy Pico, and in so doing illustrates the incredible diversity of contemporary Indigenous poetry. This is an important book not just for Native American writing but for American literature and American history.” — Dean Rader
About the Author
Heid E. Erdrich is the author of five collections of poetry, including Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media, which received the 2018 Minnesota Book Award in poetry. She has won numerous awards as have her collaborative poet films, which can be viewed online at vimeo.com/user32717386. She has been named a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Fellow in Literature. She is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain, and lives and teaches in Minneapolis.
Zenith Bookstore
318 Central Ave N
55807 Duluth, Minnesota
Aug 19 2018

in & of this world: a reading by five poets

Avenue 50 Studio invites you to join us for in & of this world : a reading by five women, featuring Gina Alexandra, Dorothy Barresi, Sara Borjas, Jessica Ceballos, Kate Martin Rowe, and hosted by Kim Young. And introducing the first zine in a series to be published as accoutrements or carry-on's of readings happening at Avenue 50 Studio. 100% of proceeds from the sale of the 'in & of this world' zines will be donated to Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights. 
Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
90042 Los Angeles, California
Aug 20 2018

Poetry Unlocked Presents Louis V Clark III & Lisa Vihos

Louis V. Clark III was born and raised on the Oneida reservation in Wisconsin. He started writing poetry to exorcise the demons that accompany racism added to alcoholism that haunted his youth. The University of Arkansas offered to publish his first chapbook, Two Shoes in 2010. The Wisconsin Historical Society Press took a chance on a unique concept and published his second book, How to be an Indian in the 21st Century in 2017, a memoir in poetry and prose. This book has won the Midwest Independent Booksellers Peoples Choice Award for 2017. Both books have won awards from the Oneida Arts Board for excellence in Literature. Clark has been honored to be on National Public Radio as well as Wisconsin Public Radio. A sequel to How to be an Indian is due out sometime in 2019.

The poems of Lisa Vihos have appeared in numerous journals, both print and online. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her fourth chapbook, Fan Mail from Some Flounder, just appeared in 2018 from Main Street Rag Publishing. She is the poetry and arts editor of Stoneboat Literary Journal and the Sheboygan organizer for 100 Thousand Poets for Change.

The Draw
800 S. Lawe Street
54915 Appleton, Wisconsin


As of
A meteor
At mid-
Day: it goes
From there.

A perfect circle falls
Onto white imperfections.
(Consider the black road,
How it seems white the entire
Length of a sunshine day.)

Or I could say
Shadows and mirage
Compensate the world, 
Completing its changes
With no change.

In the morning after a

Passing stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you,
You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking, (it comes to me as of a dream,)
I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you,
All is


whiter I make it when walking right in
unswerved, sweating fluorescent bleach,
preaching a moon page that says its welts:
learn this by heart is empty but do it
to do it. I make it somehow whiter, zombied
and I opified allover the absolutely
whitest room. I say keep your lines in line