GAMBIER — Celebrated Ojibway poet Heid E. Erdrich visits Kenyon on Sunday to read selections from her books and discuss “Who Owns the Stories?”
Erdrich’s appearance at the Finn House, 102 W. Wiggin St., at 7 p.m., is part of the yearlong Kenyon symposium “Art and Identity: The Holocaust and Cultural Ownership in the 21st Century” that addresses the restoration of art looted during war and genocide.
A member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibway, Erdrich has written four books of poetry and won the Minnesota Book Award for National Monuments in 2009. She also directs Wiigwaas Press, a publishing house dedicated to printing works in the Ojibway language.
“Erdrich is writing some of the most important and innovative poetry of witness of our time,” said Janet McAdams, Robert P. Hubbard Associate Professor in Poetry and associate professor of English. Through the use of wit, satire, and rich lyricism, Erdrich gives voice “to the other side of history.”
Chadwick Allen, professor of English and coordinator for the American Indian Studies Program at the Ohio State University, will introduce Erdrich and speak briefly on “When, Where, and Who is Pre-History?”
The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. To learn more about the Art and Identity symposium, call 740-427-5207.
Published on October 5, 2012