This event is part of the Sherman Alexie Loves series, a three-part series curated and hosted by Seattle’s favorite novelist, poet, playwright, and children's author, Sherman Alexie, and highlighting authors he loves and champions.
Everyone’s favorite literary podcast is back. Hosted by Sherman Alexie and Spokane author Jess Walter, this year’s live taping will feature emerging Native authors Terese Mailhot and Tommy Orange, and local rapper Supaman.
Heartberries, the first book by Terese Mailhot (Seabird Island Band) is a collection of essays and will be published by Counterpoint Press. She’s the Saturday editor at The Rumpus, a columnist for Indian Country Today, and a former Southwest Association on American Indian Arts fellow. Her work has been featured in The Toast, Carve, The Offing, The Rumpus, Yellow Medicine Review, Burrow Press Review, and elsewhere. She is a recent graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA).
There There, the first novel by Tommy Orange, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf. Translation rights have already been sold in Denmark, Sweden, Italy, and France. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow, and a 2017 Yaddo Fellow. Tommy was born and raised in Oakland, California, and is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He currently lives in Angels Camp, California. He is a recent graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA).
Christian Parrish Takes the Gun, professionally known as Supaman, is a Apsáalooke rapper from Seattle, Washington. He began DJing in the 90s after hearing a Litefoot song (with the two touring together in 1999), taking the name 'Supaman' at the spur of the moment in a DJ competition. In 2003 he founded the Native American hip-hop group Rezawrecktion, whose first album (It's Time) won a Native American Music Award in 2005. Since then, he has released four solo albums, and received coverage and plaudits for the song Why? (featuring Acosia Red Elk), and Prayer Loop Song, in which Supaman fuses singing, rapping, DJing and fancy dance, doing all simultaneously; the latter won him the MTV Artist of the Week title. Alongside rapping, he also tours schools educating students about Native American history and culture.