Join us for an evening with emerging Native authors Terese Mailhot and Tommy Orange, in conversation with Jess Walter and featuring a musical performance by violinist Swil Kanim.
Heart Berries, 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 fellow at the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. 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).
Swil Kanim, US Army Veteran, classically trained violinist, native storyteller and actor, is a member of the Lummi Nation. He travels extensively throughout the United States, enchanting audiences with his original composition music and native storytelling. Music and the performance of music helped him to process the traumas associated with his early placement into the foster care system. Swil’s compositions incorporate classical influences as well as musical interpretations of his journey from depression and despair to spiritual and emotional freedom. The music and stories that emerge from his experiences have been transforming people’s lives for decades.
Namaka Auwae-Dekker is our 2017/18 Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador. She attends Franklin High School and is a proud member of the school’s Drama Department, a YouthSpeaks intern, and a participant in the Young Women Empowered Y-WE Lead program.
A former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Jess Walter is the author of six novels, one book of short stories and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into 30 languages, and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published, in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper’s, Esquire, McSweeney’s, Byliner, Playboy, ESPN the Magazine, Details and many others.