Indigenous Smith Students and Allies are hosting Radmilla Cody at Smith. Radmilla Cody, GRAMMY-nominated Navajo recording artist, was born on the Navajo Nation and grew up in Grand Falls, Arizona. Cody is a Diné and African-American feminist activist and will share her work around traditional values of kinship, host a Q&A centering the values and concerns of the indigenous community, and give a performance.
This talk will weave together scholarship, poetry, and performance that imagines and celebrates Two-Spirit resistance to ongoing settler colonialism.
Qwo-Li Driskill is a non-citizen Cherokee Two-Spirit writer, performer, and activist also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent. S/he is the author of Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory (UArizona: 2016) and Walking with Ghosts: Poems (Salt Publishing: 2005). S/he is also the co-editor of Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature (UArizona: 2011) and Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature (UArizona: 2011). S/he holds a PhD in Rhetoric & Writing from Michigan State University and is an Associate Professor of Queer Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Oregon State University.
Wheelchair accessible. Please come fragrance free.
*Cosponsored by Department of Gender Studies, Office of the Dean of Faculty, Office of the President, Program in Critical Social Thought, Department of English, Office of the Dean of Students, Multicultural Community and College Life, Five College Queer and Sexuality Studies Program, Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, Smith College Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Women's and Gender Studies Department at Amherst College, and UMass Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Please join us for a reading by LeAnne Howe and Susan Power in association with “Living Waters, Animate Lands,” the Annual Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Symposium (April 6-8, 2017).
LeAnne Howe (MFA) is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Her first novel Shell Shaker (Aunt Lute Books, 2001) received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Equinoxes Rouge, the French translation, was the 2004 finalist for Prix Medici Estranger, one of France's top literary awards. Evidence of Red (Salt Publishing, UK, 2005) won the Oklahoma Book Award for poetry and a Wordcraft Circle Award. Her most recent novel is Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story(Aunt Lute Books, 2007). Her latest two books Choctalking On Other Realities (Aunt Lute Books), a memoir, and Seeing Red/Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film (Michigan State University Press), a co-edited anthology of film reviews were both published in 2013. She is the Eidson Distinguished Professor of American Literature in the English Department at the University of Georgia, Athens.
Susan Power (JD, MFA) is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a native Chicagoan. She is the author of three books, The Grass Dancer (a novel), Roofwalker (a story collection), and the new novel, Sacred Wilderness. The Grass Dancer was awarded a PEN/Hemingway prize in 1995 and Roofwalker a Milkweed National Fiction Prize in 2002. Her short stories and essays have been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies including: The Best American Short Stories of 1993, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The Southern Review and Granta. Her fellowships include an Iowa Arts Fellowship, James Michener Fellowship, Radcliffe Bunting Institute Fellowship, Princeton Hodder Fellowship, USA Artists Fellowship, Loft McKnight Fellowship for 2015-16, and Native Arts and Cultures.
Sponsored by the Corliss Lamont Fund, the English and American Studies departments, the Frost Library Archives and Special Collections, and the Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Program