NEWS – October, 2014

Congratulations go out to Advisory Board member Mark Munger on the publication of and excellent response to his latest book, Sukulaiset!   To learn more about Mark, the book, and where to purchase it, please visit  Having read one of the first versions of the book, we can highly and enthusiastically recommend it.

Please pay special attention to this information from Advisory Board member Page Lambert:

I’m very interested in the conversation unfolding about the intersection/interaction between European settlers and Native Americans, and how this has been (and is still being portrayed) in rural literature.  As a founding member of the national organization Women Writing the West, I’ve been working hard these last several months to bring to the 20th anniversary conference the feature-length motion picture, Cherokee Word for Water , about the work in the early 1980s that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation).  More about the movie here: 

This event is of special importance to me because my husband, John Gritts, is a full-blood Cherokee, and our Colorado Cherokee Circle is helping to co-sponsor this event.  This is a very rural story because it tells of how rural communities came together to dig over 20 miles of  pipeline so they could have clean, running water.  John has been involved in Indian education for over 30 years and now is the lead team member working for the Federal Department of Education and the 34 nationally accredited tribal colleges. 

I believe there are a great many Native scholars and authors who would have very strong feelings about this, and would be a very vocal part of the conversation.  Not only are the settings where our rural literature takes place once the homelands of Native peoples, but still are the homelands.  For some good resource material on NA authors, please go to this reference page on the Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) website:   

From Advisory Board member Jesse Longhurst, comes an author to be added to our list:

” I also wanted to add an author to our database and our collective awareness. Some of you may already be familiar with H.L. Davis; he is an out-of-print author from Oregon.  His novel Honey in the Horn was a Pulitzer Prize winner, but as far as I know, nothing else of his has been in print for years and I’m not sure if Honey in the Horn is in print anymore either.  He was an interesting guy.”  Here is a link to more information about Davis and the book:

Best wishes to Advisory Board member MaryFrances Agnello, who started on a new adventure in Japan, and will be checking in with us from around the world.

































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