Gerald VizenorPoetry, Fiction
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20151106, 20150206
The author of more than 40 books of poetry, fiction, essays and criticism, Gerald Vizenor was raised on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota and went into the army at age 18. While in Japan, he discovered a new appreciation of his native Anishinaabe dream songs through haiku. In this interview for Park University’s 2014 Ethnic Voices Poetry Series, he talks about this art form and reads from his 2014 collection, Favor of Crows: New and Collected Haiku. Interviewed in front of an audience at Kansas City’s World War I Museum, he also reads from his most recent novel, Blue Ravens. Loosely based on stories of his relatives who were WWI veterans, this book is among a rare few that focuses on Native Americans in the Great War. A 1992 interview with Gerald Vizenor is also available in our archives.
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