Virtual Reading and Conversation with Oscar Hokeah
Virtual Reading and Conversation with Oscar Hokeah (Cherokee/Kiowa), author of the award winning novel --Calling for a Blanket Dance—
Cherokee/Kiowa author Oscar Hokeah reads from his award winning debut novel and is in conversation with KU students.
Nov 22, 2023, 6:00 pm CET
Zoom link: kuei.zoom.us/j/68415569345
Winner of the PEN America/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel
profound reflection on the intergenerational nature of cultural trauma…
Hokeah’s characters exist at the intersection of Kiowa, Cherokee and
Mexican identity, which provides
a vital exploration of indigeneity in contemporary American letters.”
—The New York Times Book Review
About the novel:
Hokeah’s electric debut takes us into the life of Ever Geimausaddle,
whose family—part Mexican, part Native American—is determined to hold
onto their community despite obstacles
everywhere they turn. Ever’s father is injured at the hands of corrupt
police on the border when he goes to visit family in Mexico, while his
mother struggles both to keep her job and care for her husband. And
young Ever is lost and angry at all that he doesn’t
understand, at this world that seems to undermine his sense of safety.
Ever’s relatives all have ideas about who he is and who he should be.
His Cherokee grandmother, knowing the importance of proximity, urges the
family to move across Oklahoma to be near
her, while his grandfather, watching their traditions slip away, tries
to reunite Ever with his heritage through traditional gourd dances.
Through it all, every relative wants the same: to remind Ever of the
rich and supportive communities that surround him,
there to hold him tight, and for Ever to learn to take the strength
given to him to save not only himself but also the next generation.
How will this young man visualize a place for himself when the world hasn’t made room for him to start with? Honest, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting, Calling for a Blanket Dance is the story of how Ever Geimausaddle finds his way home.
About the author:
Oscar Hokeah is a citizen of Cherokee Nation and the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma from his mother's side and has Mexican heritage through his father. He holds an MA in English with a concentration in Native American Literature from the University of Oklahoma, as well as a BFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), with a minor in Indigenous Liberal Studies. He is a recipient of the Truman Capote Scholarship Award through IAIA and is also a winner of the Native Writer Award through the Taos Summer Writers Conference. His short stories have been published in South Dakota Review, American Short Fiction, Yellow Medicine Review, Surreal South, and Red Ink Magazine. He works with Indian Child Welfare in Tahlequah.
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"[A] captivating debut . . . with striking insight into human nature and beautiful prose, this heralds an exciting new voice."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
--Literary Hub "Hokeah's debut will feel familiar to fans of Louise Erdrich and Tommy Orange . . . A novel that builds in richness and intricacy . . . Another noteworthy debut in what feels like an ongoing renaissance of Indigenous peoples' literature, both reflecting this lineage and introducing an exciting, fresh new voice to the choir."