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Friday, September 23 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Healing through Native and native Western Voices

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This panel, featuring Sterling Holy White Mountain, Adrain L. Jawort, Shann Ray, Russell Rowland and Anne Hillerman will address vital questions of representation. How does one go about writing a Native character when one isn’t Native? How should Native authors themselves respond if a reader says they’re “making Natives look bad?” How can this conversation be used to promote healing and understanding for everyone?

Moderators
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David Allan Cates

He's the author of five novels, most recently Tom Connor's Gift, and a collection of poetry, The Mysterious Location of Kyrgyzstan. He teaches fiction in the Rainier Writing Workshop lo-residency MFA program, and he's the executive director of Missoula Medical Aid, a small non-profit that sends medical teams to Honduras and supports community health improvement projects there.

Speakers
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Anne Hillerman

The daughter of beloved novelist Tony Hillerman, Anne has continued the Navajo mystery series with the elevation of Officer Bernadette Manuelito from sidekick to crime solver. Anne received the Spur Award for her first mystery Spider Woman Daughter. Her second, Rock with Wings was a New York Times best seller and the third, Song of Lion, will be released in April. She lives in Santa Fe, but loves Montana.
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Adrian L. Jawort

Adrian Jawort is a freelance journalist and fiction writer from Lockwood, Montana. A Northern Cheyenne, he's lived on various Indian reservations and had founded Off the Path Press, LLC, which "aims to find true beauty in literature off the beaten path." Off the Path Press has produced two anthologies by indigenous writers, Off the Path, Volumes 1 and 2, and a novel by Adrian, Moonrise Falling. 
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Sterling Holy White Mountain

Sterling HolyWhiteMountain grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation, where he lived the first part of his life according to the laws of the old-time basketball religion. He received a BA in English Creative Writing from the University of Montana and an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he was a James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. He currently directs the writing center at Blackfeet Community... Read More →
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Shann Ray

Shann Ray grew up in Montana, spent part of his childhood on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeast Montana and has served as a visiting scholar in Europe, Asia, and South America. His books include the poetry collection Balefire, the novel American Copper, and the story collection American Masculine.  He is also the author of a work of political theory called Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity. His poetry... Read More →
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Russell Rowland

Russell Rowland is a fourth generation Montanan, born in Bozeman in 1957. He has a Master’s in Creative Writing from Boston University. His latest book is his first non-fiction effort, titled Fifty-Six Counties: A Montana Journey. He has published three novels, In Open Spaces, The Watershed Years, and High and Inside. In Open Spaces made the San Francisco Chronicle’s bestseller list, and was named among the Best of... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Dana Gallery - Main 246 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

Attendees (22)