I wrote a book review for 2040 Review. I had the privilege to hear Oglala Sioux poet Layli Long Soldier read at Bard Microcollege Holyoke her book Whereas. We presented the new issue at The Muse & Marketplace 2019 conference that was held at The Boston Park Plaza. 2040 Review is a new magazine that is taking donations of $5.00 per hard copy or can be read online. (Look on page 13 in Volume 2 for my piece.)
I read aloud a poem in January at Amherst College called “Connections.” It was fun to participate with undergrad students after I spoke to their class earlier that week.
The Secret Path showed at 4:30 p.m. on November 28, 2018 at the UMass Amherst campus ILC,* room S240. (*ILC means the Integrative Learning Center on 650 N Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA.) The room was full of undergraduates and community members. The film, created by the late Gord Downie, detailed one version of what happened to indigenous children in Canada and in the United States. First Nations, Inuit and Métis children were forced to leave home and live in boarding schools where they suffered abuse of all types. I spoke before the film since my Inuk now-mother had to attend the Nain Residential Boarding School for eight years. Gord’s brother, Patrick Downie of Toronto, introduced the film and answered questions after. Dr. Joe Pater of the UMass Amherst Linguistics department included a sub-link on the UMass Amherst Linguistics dept. blog a chapter from my thesis. I attended Lesley University for my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Nonfiction. I am very grateful Dr. Pater added my words to raise awareness of what happened to innocent indigenous children.
Over the summer I read aloud my poem, “R.I.P. DJ” at The Iconica Social Club. On another night, I also read most of my essay, “A Whale of a Tale” at the Read-Aloud Night at The Basement of Northampton. Both audiences gave me great feedback and it’s great to sit amongst fellow writers.
I read aloud a short piece I titled, “4 June 2018” at the Forbes Library. It was a Straw Dog Writer’s Guild event. I read with fabulous poets and writers– Martin Espada and Nicole M. Young. The singers’ The Nields’ played a tune. I posted the piece I read aloud on a separate page. It was an amazing experience.
is in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of The Auburn Avenue of Atlanta, Georgia.
was published on May 1, 2018 in the sixth issue of Dawnland Voices. My uivak means “My journey” in Inuktitut as it pertains to being an Inuk woman living in America.
was published in late Winter, early Spring 2018. Accessible Family Travel is a blog about/for/by people living well despite the challenges that physical and mental ailments produce on a human body. Started by grad student Suzanne Bair of Washington.