Join us for an evening featuring emerging Native authors Terese Mailhot and Tommy Orange, in conversation with Jess Walter.
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 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).
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.