Theodore C. Van Alst Jr. will read and discuss his work. He is Professor and Chair of Indigenous Nations Studies and Director of the School of Gender Race and Nations at Portland State University. His mosaic novel about sort-of growing up in Chicago, Sacred Smokes, winner of the 2019 Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing, is now in its second printing. His next work, Sacred City, was published in 2021, also by the University of New Mexico Press, who released his edited volume, The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones. He is the creative editor for Transmotion, a journal of postmodern Indigenous studies. His fiction and photography have been published in The Raven Chronicles, Red Earth Review, The Journal of Working-Class Studies, Unnerving Magazine, The Rumpus, Electric Literature,and Yellow Medicine Review, among others. His scholarly publications include chapters for collections such as Seeing Red: Hollywood's Pixelated Skins and Visualities: Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art as well as The Routledge Companion to Native American Literature and The Routledge Handbook of Critical Indigenous Studies.
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