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Heid E. Erdrich And Sly Alley

Heid Erdrich and Sly Alley headshotsThis Spring, PEN America is proud to partner with the 2019 Tulsa LitFest in bringing together diverse literary artists and writers to collaborate and inspire, enriching the Tulsa community. 

Lindsey Claire Smith, Associate Professor of English and American Indian Studies at OSU, and Julie Pearson Little Thunder, writer and director of OSU’s Oklahoma Native Artists Oral History Project, will moderate a discussion between poets Heid E. Erdrich and Sly Alley.

The event is free and open to the public.


Heid E. Erdrich, Ojibwe citizen enrolled at Turtle Mountain, is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media. Her landmark 2018 anthology, New Poets of Native Nations, collects poems by 21 Indigenous writers whose first books were published after 2000.

Sly Alley writes both poetry and short fiction, and his works have appeared in The Muse and Dragon Post Review. He has presented at the Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, the Woody Guthrie Festival, and Poetry at The Paramount. He writes on a Royal typewriter in his fortified shack in Tecumseh.

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