WRITER: JENNY BURMAN
CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Native American novelist-poet Ray A. Young Bear will give reading
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ray A. Young Bear, a highly acclaimed Iowa poet,
novelist and performance artist, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Monday,
Oct. 6, in Tippie Auditorium of the University of Iowa Pappajohn Business
Administration Building. The reading, sponsored by the International Writing
Program and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.
Young Bear has emerged as a leading voice in Native American literature.
He is a tribal member of the Meskwaki Nation (People of the Red Earth)
of central Iowa and is one of a handful of tribal-affiliated writers who
speaks, writes and thinks in his first language, Meskwaki.
Young Bear writes on diverse subjects ranging from tribal culture of
centuries past to the Vietnam War. In his work Young Bear explores the
dilemmas inherent in the genre of contemporary Native American literature
as well as the fragmented state of the Meskwaki in the 20th century.
James Kincaid, in the New York Times Book Review, says Young Bear's
work "mixes voices, landscapes and tones in such a way as to move
us deeply without letting us settle into any sense of tragic participation."
Carl L. Bankston, writing in Bloomsbury Review, calls Young Bear's "Black
Eagle Child: The Facepaint Narratives" a "magnificent piece of
literature. Its multilevel design and the richness of its language enable
it to bear continual rereading."
Young Bear has taught at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University
and Eastern Washington University. His most recent novel, "The Tribal
Chair Shall Conduct All Meetings," will be published by Grove press
His books include the poetry collections "The Salamander"
and "The Invisible Magician" and the fiction volumes "Black
Eagle Child" and "Remnants of the First Earth."