ICC President Richard Angilly Will Introduce Our Featured Poets
Kurt Schweigman and Lucille Lang Day
Native American Poetry From California
Kurt Schweigman and Lucille Lang Day will discuss the genesis and significance of the anthology they co-edited, Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California ( Scarlet Tanager Books, 2016), which received an Artists Embassy International Literary/Cultural Award. Kurt and Lucy will read sample poems from the anthology and talk about the themes and concerns of the poets, who represent both California tribes and the Native American diaspora in California.
"Together, these poems combine to powerfully flow and deepen our understanding of our state's widely varied indigenous people and the places they know so well, to sculpt a momentous geography in image and verse that's as breathtaking and deeply imprinting as the lay of the California landscape itself."
–– Ruth Nolan, editor of No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of California's Deserts
Kurt Schweigman has published and performed as Luke Warm Water in the past. His poetry appears in Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (Michigan State University Press, 2008). He was a featured poet at the prestigious Geraldine R. Dodge 12th Biennial Poetry Festival (2008) and was the first spoken-word poet to receive an Archibald Bush Foundation individual artist fellowship in literature (2005). Although retired from competition, he has won Poetry Slams from California to Germany. His latest book, City Tree of Concrete & Hope (2014), received an Artists Embassy International Literary/Cultural Award. Kurt currently resides in Oakland, California. He is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe.
Lucille Lang Day has published ten poetry collections and chapbooks, including Becoming an Ancestor (Cervena Barva, 2015) and Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems (Blue Light, 2015), which received the 2014 Blue Light Poetry Award. Hr first poetry collection, Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope, received the Joseph Henry Jackson Award. She is also the author of two children's books, Chain Letter and The Rainbow Zoo, and a memoir, Married at Fourteen, which recived a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. The founder and director of Scarlet Tanager Books, she is of Wampanoag, British, and Swiss/German descent. Websites: lucillelangday.com and www.scarlettanager.com.
Open Reading for members and guests will follow (poems not to exceed one typewritten page).
Social Hour: Refreshments courtesy of: Maria Rosales,
Coffee provided by Sherry Sheehan
Meeting begins at 2pm
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