April is Poetry Month! Native American Poets read their work from the anthology, Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California. The book's editors, Kurt Schweigman (formerly known as Luke Warm Water), and Lucille Lang Day, are joined by contributors, Stephen Meadows, Linda Noel and Kim Shuck to read original work.Musician, Mignon Geli, will perform on the native wood flute.
"These poems live in nature but visit jail cells, casinos, city streets, meth labs, marinas, and San Francisco’s Tenderloin; they feel of California with their images of abalone and shellwork, dry grasses, sea lions, earthquakes and fault lines, missions, the 'blue bowl' of Lake Tahoe..." — Joyce Jenkins, editor of Poetry Flash
Poet Kurt Schweigman (formerly published as Luke Warm Water) is co-editor of Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2016). His poetry appears in Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (Michigan State University Press, 2008). Kurt is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. His recent poems can be found at: http://www.poetrymagazine.com/editors_choice/spring2016day/kurt_schweigman_page1.html
Lucille Lang Day has published ten poetry collections and chapbooks, including Becoming an Ancestor and Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems, which received the 2014 Blue Light Poetry Award. She is also the author of two children’s books and a memoir, Married at Fourteen. She is of Wampanoag, British, and Swiss/German descent.
Stephen Meadows is a Californian of pioneer and Ohlone descent. He has earned degrees from UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State University. His poems have appeared in anthologies and journals nationwide. Stephen now resides with his family in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. His poetry collection, Releasing the Days, was published by Heyday.
Linda Noel is of Koyoonk’auwi’ (Konkow) descent and grew up in Mendocino County. She resides in Ukiah, California, where she is Poet Laureate Emerita.
Kim Shuck (Tsalagi/Sauk/Fox) is a poet and bead artist who has been published and shown in Asia, South America and Europe as well as all over North America. She has taught poetry from the elementary school level to the university level. Her most recent collection of poems is Clouds Running In from Taurean Horn Press.
Mignon Geli, born in San Francisco, of Filipino, Spanish and Maya descent, is currently living in the Sierra Foothills. She taught herself to play the native wood flute after her son gifted her with one thirteen years ago. For more info and samples of her music visit https://youtu.be/1bDjzDwJ8Tc and a video of Buffalo Wild, a poem by John Trudell with music by Goodshield and Mignon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvWRZDDPzW4
Kirk Lumpkin, program host, is a poet, spoken word artist, lyricist, environmentalist, cultural worker, and event coordinator. In 2016 he relocated from the Bay Area to Mendocino County.
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