Presented with the Milwaukee Native American Literary Cooperative
Theodore C. Van Alst Jr., an associate professor and the chair of Native American Studies at the University of Montana, is author of the linked short story collection, Sacred Smokes (UNM Press, 2018), and creative editor for Transmotion, an online journal of postmodern indigenous studies. His fiction and photography have been widely published. He is also the editor of The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones (UNM Press, 2015).
About Sacred Smokes:
Growing up in a gang in the city can be dark. Growing up Native American in a gang in Chicago is a whole different story. This book takes a trip through that unexplored part of Indian Country, an intense journey that is full of surprises, shining a light on the interior lives of people whose intellectual and emotional concerns are often overlooked. This dark, compelling, occasionally inappropriate, and often hilarious linked story collection introduces a character who defies all stereotypes about urban life and Indians. He will be in readers’ heads for a long time to come.
Offsite Talk: @ Special Collections at UWM Library, 4th Floor
The Politics of Language in Native Cinema with Theodore Van Alst Jr.
Tues. 27 | 3:30 PM | Free & open to the public