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Reading for 3 Nations Anthology
October 11, 2018@7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers explores the shared borders and heritage of the northeast US, Atlantic Canada, and Sovereign Tribal Nations residing within their borders. The poems, essays, and short stories in this collection speak of the things that divide, the bridges between, and the intense love of this rugged region the people hold in common. The reading will consist of some of the local and regional authors from the anthology.
READING FOR 3 NATIONS ANTHOLOGY
Thursday, October 11
The book has received impressive advance praise:
From the opening pages of the 3 Nations Anthology, Elizabeth Sprague’s ‘This That This’ emphatically announces a book pulsing with the heartbeat of the land. Quickly it becomes evident that these authors are as taken by the land of their home as is environmentalist Winona LaDuke, who recently wrote, ‘This land did not let me go.’ In these works of poetry, fiction and essay, disparate voices gain cohesion in their celebration and memory of specific land features: bodies of water, storms, animals, and in their ability to connect them to identity, ancestry and culture. Consider the profound wound in a statement of Donna M. Loring’s, who writes of how people ‘see the Tribes as foreigners,’ or, similarly yet in a decidedly different piece, J.C. Elkin defiantly asserts: ‘I will not have my relocation become just another big fish story.’ Or the depth of connection with not only land but beast, when Fredda Paul says ‘I felt the spirit of the eagle entering my spirit.’ The words herein embody this land and call readers home to it; we are compelled to follow.
—Chris Benjamin, Managing Editor, Atlantic Books Today; Silver Atlantic Journalism Award winner, 2014.
These are not poems of my world, but they are utterly vital missives from a world we all desperately need to know the world where water aches an impossible blue, land lies nurtured and unscarred, and a precipitous beauty startles from all corners. Reading the poems in this long-overdue collection is like pulling a deep, revivifying breath into the body. And we’re reminded that the world conjured so faithfully in this work is still there, where it’s always been, still waiting for us.
—Patricia Smith, author, Incendiary Art, winner, NAACP Image Award in Poetry, 2018, and Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the 2014 Rebekah Bobbitt Prize, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize (The Academy of American Poets), and the Phillis Wheatley Award in Poetry.