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Saturday, March 14 • 11:00am - 12:50pm
Literary Reading: Elissa Washuta & Erika T. Wurth

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Elissa Washuta’s My Body is a Book of Rules and Erika T. Wurth’s Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend, are two Native texts that approach the idea of location and identity in radically different ways – but which ultimately speak to same sense of finding home. Wurth’s novel, which is in traditional narrative form and in first person, looks at location from the outside in; the novel is framed by the main character’s attempt to resist the place that forms her communal and familial location, but from which she ultimately can’t, and doesn’t want to, escape. Washuta’s memoir of essays about identity, sexuality and bi-polar disorder, also written (primarily) in first person but in a series of different forms, looks at location from the inside out, with the narrator looking for ways to connect with her home and her body, but ultimately finding that she must leave to do so. This panel will offer readings from both books, and a discussion on how form affects perceptions of identity and location in (these and other) Native texts.

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Elissa Washuta

Nonfiction Faculty, Institute of American Indian Arts
Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, is the author of the memoirs My Body Is a Book of Rules and Starvation Mode. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Weeklings, and elsewhere. She serves as adviser for the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and nonfiction faculty for the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. 
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Erika Wurth

Associate Professor of creative writing, fiction, Western Illinois University
Erika T. Wurth's novel, Crazy Horse's Girlfriend, was published by Curbside Splendor. Her collection of poetry, Indian Trains, was published by The University of New Mexico's West End Press. A writer of both fiction and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals, such as Boulevard, Drunken... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:50pm
Shakespeare & Co.

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