Native Poem-A-Day #3

I am a big fan of Louise Erdrich’s books, but I had never looked into her poetry. And yet, now that I’ve read several, her voice is SO in her poems it’s almost comforting. That being said, I felt this poem, “Captivity,” almost viscerally. Louise has such a brilliant...

Should I Use a Face Mask?

Yes. It’s that simple at this point. No matter what you think about how fast anything should have happened, from the federal government, to state governments, to top health care experts – it’s agreed and acknowledged. Here are some resources and...

Native Poem-A-Day #2

For my second poem selection of the Native Poem-A-Day project, I knew I wanted to look at Tlingit writer and historian Nora Marks Dauenhauer. Really I would love to dig into her whole body of work in a way I’ve always said I’ll do “as soon...

Native Poem-A-Day Begins

Today I was supposed to start the Storyknife Writer’s Retreat, but, like everything else in the world, it was cancelled due to COVID-19 measures. While I was bummed upon hearing about the cancellation, of course it was the right decision. And I figured, since I...

Native Poem-A-Day #1

The first poem I wanted to read for my Native Poem-A-Day project is Joy Harjo’s “Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings.” The title of this caught my eye first, and I purchased her book of the same name based on it. The poem is here, with my own...

Coded Racism in Art

When I started writing plays, the more frustrating criticisms to get were the “coded” ones. The ones that were so obviously about writing Native plays at all, that we Native playwrights were less than our White counterparts, that our topics and styles and skill just...

2020 Reading Challenges

I decided to be a little more structured in my book and script reading this year, so I’m taking part in a few reading challenges. I just finished the first book/script (Twelfth Night) and I’m really enjoying the community and encouragement that comes along with...

Molly Comes Home

One incredibly fun, and incredibly exhausting, project I’ve been working on the past few years has been as a writer for the new PBS KIDS animated show Molly of Denali. It premiered July 15, and it’s been soooo fun to see how the public is reacting to it!...

Devilfish Sneak Peek!

My next play is titled “Devilfish” – and I’m so nervous/excited! It premieres at Perseverance Theatre in September for Juneau, and then October in Anchorage at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. The story itself is an adaptation of a...

Storytelling in Pop Culture

No matter what everyone thinks of the last season/episode of Game of Thrones, one of the reasons I’ve so enjoyed the pop culture phenomenon that is GoT – or the Marvel Universe, or really any much-talked-about movie/series/book – is how much time the...