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Around the Kitchen Table at Soul Mountain Retreat

May 18, 2008

Pictured left to right is Gideon Young, Marilyn Nelson, me, Allison Hedge Coke [standing], Orlando White [blue shirt], Santee Frazier [baseball cap], and Lara Mann. With three of the American Indian poets coming out with new books this next year, you’d think the talk would be about poetry. Not so. Ice cream was our heated debate! Santee Frazier [Cherokee/Choctaw] and I believed Braum’s Ice Cream is #1. It’s only natural. Braum’s is a chain out of Oklahoma. But the Okies were out voted by the Salem Valley Farms lovers. Homemade in Connecticut. After the second bowl, I had to agree that Salem Valley’s peach ice cream ranks right up with winning the lottery.

Meanwhile watch for these new works — Santee Frazier’s “Dark Thirty” (University of Arizona Press, Spring 09); Orlando White’s “Bone Light” (Red Hen Press); and Lara Mann’s “A Song of Ascents and Descents,” due out in a collection from Salt Publishing, UK) — at a bookstore near you soon.

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  1. ahaas permalink
    June 8, 2008 3:01 pm

    Dear LeAnne,

    Sounds like a grand time. I, too, love peach ice cream, but I have only enjoyed my aunt’s homemade. Yum!

    I have been wanting to get a hold of you since meeting you through Daniel at MSU’s Wordcraft Circle/Returning the Gift conference. (I’m the mixed-blood Cherokee who just accepted a job at Illinois State.) I have been researching American Indian blogging for the past year or so and would love to talk to you about your reasons for and experiences with blogging. If you’re interested, please e-mail me at

    Enjoy your summer, and thanks for sharing your work.


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