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Native American authors to join in poetry roundtable. Thursday, November 8, 2007

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Renowned poets Janet McAdams, Kim Blaeser, and Gordon Henry will hold "Earthworks: A Night of Native American Poetry" on Thursday, November 8, at 5:30 p.m., in Sanders Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Janet McAdams is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor of Poetry at Kenyon College, and the editor of Earthworks, a book series focusing on Native American poetry. McAdams's own work has been published in North American Review, Poetry, TriQuarterly, Women's Review of Books, Kenyon Review, and several other magazines. Her reviews, criticism, and essays have appeared in a number of journals, including SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literature, American Indian Quarterly, The Women's Review of Books, and in the collections Women Poets of the Americas, Speak to Me Words, and Sovereign Bones: New Native Writing.

Of Anishinaabe ancestry and an enrolled member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe of Minnesota, Kim Blaeser has authored many publications, including Absentee Indians and Other Poems (2002), Apprenticed from Justice (2007), and the poetry collection Trailing You (1995), winner of the first book award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas. She also edited Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishinaabe Prose and Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. Blaeser is a professor of creative writing, Native American literature, and American nature writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, whose scholarly works include Gerald Vizenor: Writing in the Oral Tradition, a noted book-length study of the indigenous author.

Gordon Henry, an Associate Professor of English at Michigan State University, first drew attention as a writer in 1983, when his poetry was anthologized in Songs From This Earth on Turtle's Back: An Anthology of Contemporary American Indian Poetry. His widely published fiction includes the novel The Light People, and work in the anthology Earth Song, Sky Spirit.

"Earthworks: A Night of Native American Poetry" is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Faculty, the program in American Culture, and the Department of English. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, October 25, 2007