What Native writers influenced Tommy Orange? What else are young Native North American writers producing today? A short lecture by Dr. Tara Penry, Boise State University Professor of English, will be followed by discussion.
Suggested adult readings include (but need not be limited to) any of: Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine, The Plague of Doves; Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Indian Killer; Katherena Vermette’s The Break; and Tommy Pico’s Nature Poem.
Tommy Orange is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel There There, a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angel’s Camp, California.