Elk River Arts and Lectures will host a reading by CMarie Fuhrman, co-editor of the anthology Native Voices: Indigenous American Poetry, Craft and Conversations on Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. The free event will be held upstairs at Livingston’s Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St.
The anthology includes poetry, short fiction and essays by 44 contemporary Native American writers, including Simon Ortiz, Leslie Marmon Silko, Joy Harjo, Louise Erdrich and M. L. Smoker, as well a selection of writings chosen from previous generations of Native artists.
According to the publisher, Native Voices “is a comprehensive collection of urgent and eloquent Indigenous American poetry and prose, spanning from the middle of the twentieth century to today. It is a celebration of culture and the possibilities of language, in conversation with those poets and storytellers who have paved the way. A truly synergetic collection of contemporary and early Native voices.”
Fuhrman is the 2019 recipient of the Grace Paley Fellowship at Under the Volcano in Tepotzlán, Mexico, and winner of the Banks Award for poetry. A recent graduate of the University of Idaho’s MFA program, she is the project coordinator for Indigenous Knowledge for Effective Education Program. Often anthologized, her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Yellow Medicine Review, Cutthroat, Whitefish Review, Broadsided Press’s NoDAPL compilation, High Desert Journal, Sustainable Play, Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, among many other venues. She currently serves as poetry review editor for Transmotion Journal.
In addition to her public lecture, Fuhrman will meet with students at Park High School.
Elk River Arts & Lectures is a nonprofit organization that seeks to bring writers to Livingston for free public readings, and to provide opportunities for those writers to interact with local public school students. It also maintains the Community to Classroom directory, matching local arts and business professionals with Livingston educators for in-class presentations and workshops. For more information, call 333-2330 or visit elkriverarts.org.