Lewis-Clark State College’s Visiting Writer series is presenting award-winning Native American poet Sherwin Bitsui in a reading on campus, Friday, October 19, 7:30 p.m. at Meriwether-Lewis Hall Room 100, Lewiston, Idaho.
Bitsui is the author of two poetry books, Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press, 2009), and Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press, 2003). His honors include a 2011 Lannan Literary Fellowship, a 2011 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowship for Literature, a 2010 PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award and a Whiting Writers Award. He is originally from White Cone, Arizona on the Navajo Nation. He is Diné of the Bitter Water Clan, born for the Many Goats Clan.
Sherman Alexie says of Bitsui: “Sherwin Bitsui sees violent beauty in the American landscape. There are junipers, black ants, axes, and cities dragging their bridges. I can hear Whitman’s drums in these poems and I can see Ginsberg’s supermarkets. But above all else, there is an indigenous eccentricity, ‘a cornfield at the bottom of a sandstone canyon,’ that you will not find anywhere else.”
Publishers Weekly says of his book Flood Song: “Bitsui straddles borders between a long history and postmodern aesthetics . . . This is a powerful collection from a promising young poet.”
The reading is sponsored by a Lewis-Clark State College Institutional Development grant, and by Talking River Review, and the Division of the Humanities. The reading is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing after the reading. For more information, visit the Lewis-Clark State College website.