Black Sparrow author, Eddie Chuculate, will be a panelist for the "Celebrating Fiction" event at the 2012 Indigenous Book Festival hosted by the Institute for American Indian Research at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. The festival will take place on April 12th and 13th and has a rich schedule planned which includes presentations on "Environment and Sustainability Initiatives" and "Cultural Revitalization for the 21st Century", Indigenous Storytelling, creative writing workshops, and poetry-focused events.
Chuculate is a Creek/Cherokee Indian from Muskogee, Oklahoma and we're proud to publish Cheyenne Madonna, his debut collection of gritty, deceptively simple stories that recall Junot Diaz and Jim Harrison. From Jennifer Levin at The Santa Fe New Mexican: "Chuculate presents a profound disconnect between the mythology of Indian art and the present-day reality of Indian artists, who rarely get to be artists without the cultural qualifier. He also lays bare the effects of wide-spread multi-generational addiction without making excuses for the way his characters treat each other. There are no saints in here, and no demons, either. Cheyenne Madonna is a fantastic debut."
For more information on the festival and the full program please click here.