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Randolph to Host Native American Poets April 10

Nationally recognized Allison Hedge Coke and regionally known Kareene Wood to read and discuss their work, which focuses on the Native American perspective of the natural world

3/29/2013 9:56:18 AM


Randolph College will host a reading by the nationally recognized Native American poet and writer Allison Hedge Coke and poet Karenne Wood on April 10 at 8 p.m. Jack Lounge, which is located in Smith Hall.

The free event is open to the public. Both writers are known as outspoken environmentalists who offer the Native American perspective on the natural world and how humans relate to it.

Coke is a poet, fiction writer, memoirist, and playwright. Her books include Dog Road Woman (awarded the American Book Award for Poetry), Off-Season City Pipe (poetry), The Year of the Rat (poetry), Blood Run (verse play) and Rock, Ghost, Willow Deer (a memoir). And, in 2015, a double volume of poetry, Streaming/Burn, will be released from Coffee House Press. She has edited nine collections of writing including Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas (83 contemporary Indigenous poets of the Western Hemisphere, 12 translators) and Effigies (a global series introducing new Native women writers). She came of age cropping tobacco and working in fields, waters, and factories. She is currently the Visiting Writer at the University of Central Oklahoma and on the faculty of the University of Nebraska MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Wood is an enrolled member of the Monacan Indian Nation who serves on the Tribal Council. She directs Virginia Indian Programs at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and is a Ph.D. candidate and Ford Fellow in anthropology at the University of Virginia. Wood is the author of Markings on Earth, which won the North American Native Authors’ Award for Poetry in 2000. She received the Writer of the Year award in Poetry in 2002 from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers. Her poems have appeared in Iris, Orion, and Shenandoah, and in numerous other journals and anthologies.

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