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2000 - 2001 Featured Writers

Gary Gildner Sept. 26, 2000
Deborah Miranda Nov. 6, 2000
Nancy Eimers & Bill Olsen Feb. 15, 2001
Joy Harjo March 22, 2001
Gary Gildner - Sept. 26, 2000
Gary Gildner
Works by Gary Gildner:
Blue Like the Heavens: New & Selected Poems (1984); The Second Bridge (1987); A Week in South Dakota (1987); The Warsaw Sparks (1990); The Bunker in the Parsley Fields (1997)
Gary Gildner lives and writes on a ranch in Idaho's Clearwater Mountains. He has published 17 books, including "The Bunker in the Parsley Fields," which received the 1996 Iowa Poetry Prize. He has also received the National Magazine Award for Fiction, a Pushcart Prize, the Robert Frost Fellowship, and the William Carlos Williams and Theodore Roethke poetry prizes.

Gildner has been writer-in-residence at Reed College, Davidson College and Michigan State University, and has been a Senior Fulbright Lecturer to Poland and Czechoslovakia. He has given readings of his work at the Library of Congress, the Academy of American Poets, YM-YWHA (New York), Manhattan Theatre Club and at some 300 colleges and schools in the U.S. and abroad.
Deborah Miranda - Nov. 6, 2000
Deborah Miranda Works by Deborah Miranda:
Indian Cartography (1998)

Links to Works by Deborah Miranda:
Stories I Tell My Daughter
I Am Not a Witness
On my father's side, I am a member of the Esselen Nation, a California tribe From my mother I receive French, English and Jewish legacies. When my parents separated, I moved with my mother from California to Washington State. I grew up in an old trailer on several wooded acres in Kent, isolated from other kids and from my tribe. Immediately after high school I took a radically different path that included marriage to Daniel Harris Miller, relocation to Massachusetts, and a B.S. from Wheelock College in Boston. In 1986 my husband and I returned to the Seattle area. In 1991, I finally began to write poetry again. During this time, I re-connected with my Esselen Nation family. I'm currently a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle, focusing on Native/Indigenous Literatures.

Amelia Haller's Wright Park Poetry Workshop in Tacoma, the women of MUSE, an artists' group for mothers, Northwest Renaissance Poets & Performers, and the Flight of the Mind Summer Writing Workshop for Women in Oregon have been major sources of support and education for me. The friendship and generosity of other Native poets is a huge contribution to my "informal education."
Nancy Eimers & William Olsen - Feb. 15, 2001
Nancy Eimers Works by Nancy Eimers:
No Moon (1997); Destroying Angel (1991)
William Olsen Works by William Olsen:
Vision of a Storm Cloud (1996); Hand of God and a Few Bright Flowers (1990)
Nancy Eimers is the author of two books of poetry, "No Moon," winner of the Verna Emery Poetry Prize, and "Destroying Angel." She has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowships and a 1998 Whiting Writers Award. She teaches creative writing at Western Michigan University and Vermont College.

William Olsen's newest collection of poetry, "Trouble Lights," will be published by TriQuarterly Books. He is the author of two previous volumes, "Vision of a Storm Cloud" and "The Hand of God and a Few Bright Flowers." He received a 1996 National Endowment for the arts fellowship and teaches at Western Michigan University and Vermont College
Joy Harjo - March 22, 2001
Joy Harjo Works by Joy Harjo:
A Map to the Next World: Poems (2000); Woman Who Fell from the Sky: Poems (1996); Reinventing the Enemy's Language: Contemporary Native American Women's Writings of North America (1998)
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and an enrolled member of the Muskogee Tribe, Joy Harjo came to New Mexico to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts where she studied painting and theatre, not music and poetry, though she did write a few lyrics for an Indian acid rock band. Joy attended the University of New Mexico where she received her B.A. in 1976, followed by an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. She has also taken part in a non-degree program in Filmmaking from the Anthropology Film Center.

She began writing poetry when the national Indian political climate demanded singers and speakers, and was taken by the intensity and beauty possible in the craft. Her most recent book of poetry is the best-selling "The Woman Who Fell From the Sky." It wasn't until she was in Denver that she took up the saxophone because she wanted to learn how to sing and had in mind a band that would combine the poetry with a music there were no words yet to define, a music involving elements of tribal musics, jazz and rock. She eventually returned to New Mexico where she began the first stirrings of what was to be Joy Harjo and Poetic Justice. She has made recordings, done screen-writing, given readings all over the world and is now performing with Poetic Justice.