Virtual Reading with Sy Hoahwah

May 4, 2021 | Events

Photo by Isis Hoahwah

National Endowment for the Arts literature fellow Sy Hoahwah will present a virtual discussion of his new collection of poetry, Ancestral Demon of a Grieving Bride, on Tuesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. The free event will stream live on Elk River Books’ Facebook page.

Ancestral Demon of a Grieving Bride has been described as “Comanche goth” by Heid Erdrich, author of Little Big Bully. “In his distinct ‘sinister-bent’ humor, Hoahwah claims the landscapes of Oklahoma (‘Indianhoma’), the Ozarks and other hinterlands. These poems are ‘like butterflies released by the breath of a vampire,’ as horrifying and familiar as they are beautiful and rare.”

Hoahwah, a member of the Yapaituka Comanche and Southern Arapaho nations, received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arkansas. He previously has published two collections of his work: Night Cradle and Velroy and the Madischie Mafia. His poetry has appeared in several journals including Shenandoah, Indiana Review, Mêlée and The Florida Review. He lives near St. Louis, Missouri.

To view the event, navigate to at 7 p.m. on May 11. You do not have to have a Facebook account in order to watch.

Hoahwah’s book will be available for purchase from Elk River Books before, during and after the event, online at Signed copies will be available, and Elk River will provide both pickup and delivery options. For more information, send an email to or call (406) 333-2330.