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Gerald Vizenor

Poetry, 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 HaikuInterviewed in front of an audience at Kansas City’s World War I Museum, he also reads from his most recent novel, Blue RavensLoosely 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.

| Subject Matter: Haiku, Anishinaabe Dream Songs, World War I, Family, Native American History | Interview Year: 2014 | Genre: Poetry, Fiction | Awards: American Book Award |

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Friday, March 22, 2019
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Winners Announced: New Letters Literary Awards

New Letters is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of the $2,500 Conger Beasley Jr. Prize for Nonfiction, the $1,500 New Letters Prize for Fiction, and the $1,500 Prize for Poetry. See the winners, judges, and finalists here.

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Clarion Awards Selection CD Special

Jamaica KincaidJim ShepardGloria Vando & Anika ParisLuis Alberto Urrea, and Alex George, normally $7.99 per episode, this cd collection comes with over $15.00 in savings. Downloads of these programs have been reduced and are available through our archives.