Sunday, November 21, 2010

Some of my Favorite Blogs: An Incomplete List of Awesomeness

Some of my Favorite Blogs: An Incomplete List of Awesomeness

A list of wonderful writers, some well known, some not, whose print work I adore, or whose work is only available (as yet) online. While many of you will be familiar with more of the popular folks on the list I encourage you to check out some of the lesser-known names, or if you didn’t know some of our more beloved folks were in the blogosphere…surprise! They are! I encourage you to check them out. All are Indigenous, some federally recognized, some not. HOWEVER, they ALL belong to Indigenous/Mestizo/Métis/Mixedblood/Indigenous Descended communities of the Americas. This is by no means a complete list, but reflects those whose Blogs I have followed for a while, have tracked down or who have tracked me down and let me know they are out there. And I can honestly say…these folks ROCK! \m/
PS (if you know where some of our other beloved folks are…let me know!!!)
In no particular order…

Carolyn Dunn (Mvskogean-Creek/Seminole, Cajun, Creole, Tunica-Biloxi) “Tales from a Hollywood Indian,” aside from following the fabulous Carolyn Dunn, Mvskoke-Creole Diva Extraordinaire, and her adventures as Author, Educator, Mother, Wife, Playwright, Mankiller (relax, as in THE Mankillers, all woman Northern Style drum group), this blog also highlights works of other writers, students and colleagues. Dunn also shares samplings of her works in progress. Not to be missed are samplings of her upcoming collection to be titled, The Stains of Burden and Dumb Luck. I first came across Dunn years ago, when trying to find Indigenous voices from Louisiana. Her poem, “Columbus’ Footprint” hit me in the heart, and had me rushing to buy Outfoxing Coyote. Her work as a poet and in literature, along with the sociological and mixed race studies work of Andrew Jolivette has become a focus and inspiration for me as a doctoral student. All I can say, is I simply adore from the top of my NDN-Creole Head to the Tip of my NDN-Creole Toes... Carolyn...

Tiffany Midge (Standing Rock Sioux): “A Girl Named Turquoise:” The always witty, always real and always amazingly talented Midge is one of my favorite poets, and all around wickedly awesome Indigenous authors. I was first introduced to Midge via Reinventing the Enemy’s Language, edited by Joy Harjo and Gloria Bird. Her Native Writer Circle of the Americas Award Winning Book, Outlaws, Renegades & Saints: Diary of a Mixed-Up Half Breed, had me laughing and crying by page ten—not kidding, by page ten! The talent in her Blog is no exception from commentary on vintage ads to her original poetry, it is a must read, must share, and an American Indian Poet who needs to be included into our college syllabi more often!!

Tracey Colson (Louisiana Creole): “Gumbo Life,” The beautiful reflections, stories and educational nuances of Louisiana Creole resident and educator Tracey Colson are not only poetic, but essential to cultural survival, taking oral tradition into the digital age, adding personal reflections and humor. A friend and one who I am increasingly beginning to think of as someone whom I might have been separated from at birth…lol. Colson’s efforts to preserve the unique Mestizo Culture of Cane River Creoles, Louisiana Creoles, and Creoles of Color at large are an inspiration. Her voice is at times poignant, unique, and at others just honest.

Lee Francis IV (Laguna Pueblo): “High Desert Madness” is the eclectic blog penned and hosted by the eclectic poet and educator himself, Wordcraft Circle National Director and new proud papa, Lee Francis IV. The award winning mixedblood Laguna spoken word slam poet is back in cyber space with a bang! From poetic personal observation, to good old fashion rant, to information on the Slam scene, Francis has it covered. Recent posts border on prose poetry to creative nonfiction carrying Francis’ clear imagery and voice, picturesque and always evocative.

Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Creek): “Joy Harjo’s Poetic Adventure’s in the Last World Blog.” Ok, so I really, really, really, don’t know what to say here…I mean its Joy… Joy… She who has saved many a life through her poetry. I was writing poetry, before I could spell enough words to write poetry. When I was in about 9th grade maybe, my parents moved up north to a place where we were well, “weird” meaning the only “indigy” folks. My poetry was “weird” and I didn’t know there were other Indian writers, I was 18 when I discovered Joy Harjo. In Mad Love and War, saved my life, through sexual assault, through difference, through poverty…so what can I say… It’s Joy. Joy News, events, with bits and pieces of prose and prose poetry…

Deborah Miranda (Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen, Chumash): “When Turtles Fly” is a strange marriage of Education and Literary, the Blogspot of Deborah Miranda. What can I say about Ms. Miranda… Well, writers and academics are given, quite frankly to intellectual and artistic crushes… Miranda is one of mine, artistically and intellectually. Her poetry is fierce, raw, smart, and her theory and literary engagement is savvy, witty-- just brilliant. I have an academic and artistic crush…her blog only reinforces this. The marriage of history, of education with poetry, prose and narrative is nothing short of an intricate braiding that takes the reader through a process that connects rather than disconnects past, present, maker and meaning, in a process that is at times violent, emotional and uncomfortable…at others, beautiful, natural, and unique as only Miranda’s voice and vision can be… I want to be the bastard child of Deborah Miranda, Damián Baca, Andrew Jolivette, and Carolyn Dunn when I grow up… Can anyone arrange that??? Of course I think I might also be older than Jolivette and Baca…crap.

Terra Trevor (Cherokee, Delaware, Seneca): “River, Blood and Corn” is a Literary Journal spearheaded by Indigenous writer Terra Trevor and boasts writing by a host of well known and emerging Indigenous writers from the Americas. Trevor, eloquently states the goal of the journal as, “promoting community and strengthening culture so the link continues from person to person, from one community to another, from one generation to the next.” From sometimes-themed issues, to personal narrative, poetry, creative non-fiction, and even reviews, “Blood River and Corn” seeks to offer a wide array of topics both literary and informational for an audience targeting Indigenous and Indigenous Allies.

LeAnne Howe (Oklahoma Choctaw): “On the Prairie Diamond,” the Blog by writer, critic, and all around bad-ass Indigenous woman of letters LeAnne Howe, boasts updates, words of wisdom, and original posts. I first read Howe’s novel Shell Shaker, like many folks, in college, and fell in love, despite being bashful when meeting her in person…backwoods bayou NDN that I was. (Why are we so shy when we go off to college?) Her recent Blogs manage to connect to Indigenous peoples here at home in insightful ways from her current location in Amman Jordan. Living in Oklahoma, and overall being a southern, more specifically a southern Indigenous woman (who calls the Gulf of Mexico home), there is something about Howe’s use of language, no matter where she, that calls to mind family. Howe, even when sending out updates, manages to weave a story, she is a storyteller at heart, and this is always evident in her blog posts.

Charles Jolivette (Louisiana Creole/ Atakapa-Ishak): “Creating Étouffée” While Charles has been too busy to update his blog recently, because he has been writing, I do want to take a moment to mention his site. His novel Étouffée is now available on Kindle, via Amazon! His book of poetry, While the Gumbo Cools, has also been given the green light by a publishing house, so keep a look out on his webpage and blogsite. What can I say we NDN-Creole like us some food titles!

Shannon Lwiz Boutte (Louisiana Creole): “Chronicles of Lady Drama.” Ms. Boutte is an emerging voice in Louisiana Creole preservation, culture and music. She is a smart, feisty, and sassy young woman whose potential is just being discovered. Her motto is, “To enlighten with culture.” Part of our generation of young Louisiana Creoles, working with and dare I say inspired by folks like Andrew Jolivette and Christophe Landry, seeking to assert Creole voice, culture and identity into a society that has sought to erase us along with other mestizo/Indigenous Diasporic peoples in the south. Educating and doing it with style is Ms. Boutee, aka Lady Drama’s m.o. Educate, keep it real and keep it sassy, and she does it well!

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1 comment:

  1. Rain, this is a wonderful listing Rain. Thank you for the links letting us all know, and for your beautiful writing describing the sites, and for including us.