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Anishinaabe author to appear

Gordon Henry

MT. PLEASANT —  Esteemed Anishinaabe poet and fiction writer, Gordon Henry, will appear at Mid Michigan Community College at 1 p.m. on Oct. 4. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be in room 112 of MMCC’s Pickard Street building in Mt. Pleasant.

Henry’s performance will include traditional Anishinaabe stories and songs, as well as poetry and prose from his own work.  Musicians Mike Johnston and Mike Gilmore will accompany his reading during portions of his presentation, while other portions will involve Henry singing to a hand drum.

Henry’s novel, The Light People, won an American Book Award in 1995. His poetry, prose and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies throughout the United States and Europe.

An enrolled member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe of Minnesota, Henry’s work is informed by longtime participation in ceremonies and by his personal reflections on Anishinaabe life, places, and relations. His most recent book, The Failure of Certain Charms and Other Disparate Signs of Life, published in 2007, is a collection of poetry and prose that combines the languages and imagery of dreams, songs, ceremonies, cultural memories, autobiography and Native American tales.

Formerly the director of creative writing for MSU’s English Department, he is currently a Professor of English at MSU and the director of MSU’s Native American Institute.  He is also senior editor for MSU’s Native American Studies series of publications.

This presentation is sponsored by the Michigan Global Awareness Consortium, a group of five community colleges that has been coordinating shared global awareness events for 22 years.

For more information about this MMCC presentation or any of the upcoming presentations sponsored by the Global Awareness Consortium, contact Jim Vandermey at (989) 386-6693 or jvandermey@midmich.edu.


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