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Mona Susan Power – Elk River Arts & Lectures

Mona Susan Power, author of Council of Dolls, The Grass Dancer, and other novels, will kick off the Elk River Arts & Lectures spring 2024 lectures series with a free public discussion and a visit to Park High classrooms.

Mona Susan Power is the author of four books of fiction, including The Grass Dancer (a National Bestseller awarded a PEN/Hemingway Prize), Roofwalker (a collection of stories and essays awarded the Milkweed National Fiction Prize), Sacred Wilderness (a novel which received the Electa Quinney Award), and A Council of Dolls (nominated for the 2023 National Book Award).

She’s a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is also the recipient of several grants in support of her writing which include an Iowa Arts Fellowship, James Michener Fellowship, Radcliffe Bunting Institute Fellowship, Princeton Hodder Fellowship, USA Artists Fellowship, McKnight Fellowship, and Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies including The Best American Short Stories series, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The Missouri Review, Ploughshares, and Granta. Her essay, “Bloodthread,” is forthcoming in The Georgia Review.

Mona is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (Iháŋktȟuŋwaŋna Dakhóta), born and raised in Chicago. During her childhood she was a member of the Chicago Indian Village movement, a group organized to protest the conditions of Native people lured to urban areas with promises of secure jobs and good housing, that seldom materialized. In 1979, a documentary following the experiences of this group was nominated for an Academy Award. Mona attended the Oscar ceremonies that year as a guest of the director, Jerry Aronson.

She currently lives in Minnesota, where she’s working on other novels, including The Year of Fury.

Power’s visit and the 2024 Elk River Arts & Lecture Lectures Series is made possible by the generous support of the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation and individual donors. During her time in Livingston, Power will meet with students at Park High. The free, public event will include a book signing and reception.

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