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Happy Turkey Trails!

November 23, 2008

Jim FortierMiko Kings’ bloggers are taking to the road this week. Again. Next stop: Oklahoma. However, before heading west into the sunset, I’ve been working with Ojibwe filmmaker Jim Fortier on film segues for the January 23 & 24 performance of “Choctalking On Other Realities.” The performance is based on my short story by the same title in Evidence of Red, and also appears in Cimarron Review, edited by Mike Wilson, and Sister Nation, edited by Heid Erdrich. Ah-hem, tickets are on sale now at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, IL. Here’s the link to the show. I know, shameless. Shameless self-promotion.

In other news, I’m delighted to announce that my friend Tayari Jones received a USA Fellowship this month! She deserves the award, and the recognition! You rock, girl. She was a terrific host and turned a blind eye when I tossed my clothes all over her apartment this past September. Her first novel, Leaving Atlanta, is a velvet knock out. She’s busy at work on her third novel. I can’t wait to read it.

My friend, Joy Harjo, also won a USA Fellowship! Congratulations Joy, you are a mentor and a powerful role model for us all. Joy resigned her position at the University of New Mexico when there were some issues in the English Department at the University of New Mexico. How many of us would have the nerve to do this?

Kudos to Native playwrights Eric Gansworth. Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, and Laura Shamas. The Public Theater had readings of their plays, followed by post-show discussions, this past weekend at The Public’s first Native Theater Festival.

Here’s a snapshot of Otsego Lake, Cooperstown, New York. Yep, it is Glimmerglass in the Cooper tales.
Otsego Lake

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