Shapes of Native Nonfiction!
“The Trickster Surfs the Floods” and “The Way of Wounds” are included in this gorgeous collection of non-fiction by contemporary Native American writers.
Just as a basket’s purpose determines its materials, weave, and shape, so too is the purpose of the essay related to its material, weave, and shape. Editors Elissa Washuta and Theresa Warburton ground this anthology of essays by Native writers in the formal art of basket weaving. Using weaving techniques such as coiling and plaiting as organizing themes, the editors have curated an exciting collection of imaginative, world-making lyric essays by twenty-seven contemporary Native writers from tribal nations across Turtle Island into a well-crafted basket.
Shapes of Native Nonfiction features a dynamic combination of established and emerging Native writers, including Stephen Graham Jones, Deborah Miranda, Terese Marie Mailhot, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Eden Robinson, and Kim Tallbear. Their ambitious, creative, and visionary work with genre and form demonstrate the slippery, shape-changing possibilities of Native stories. Considered together, they offer responses to broader questions of materiality, orality, spatiality, and temporality that continue to animate the study and practice of distinct Native literary traditions in North America.
Table of Contents:
Introduction: Exquisite Vessels / Elissa Washuta and Theresa Warburton
Contemporary Creative Writing and Ancient Oral Tradition / Ernestine Hayes
Letter to a Just-Starting-Out Indian Writer—and Maybe to Myself / Stephen Graham Jones
Funny, You Don’t Look Like (My Preconceived Ideas of) an Essay / Chip Livingston
Nizhoní dóó ‘a’ani’ dóó até’él’í dóó ayoo’o’oni (Beauty & Memory & Abuse & Love) / Bojan Louis
Fairy Tales, Trauma, Writing into Dissociation / Sasha Lapointe
Tuolumne / Deborah A. Miranda
I Know I’ll Go / Terese Marie Mailhot
Fear to Forget & Fear to Forgive: Or an Attempt at Writing a Travel Essay / Bojan Louis
Fertility Rites / Tiffany Midge
AND SO I ANAL DOUCHE WHILE KESHA’S “PRAYING” PLAYS FROM MY IPHONE ON REPEAT / Billy-Ray Belcourt
The Great Elk / Ruby Hansen Murray
Real Romantic / Eden Robinson
The Trickster Surfs the Floods / Natanya Ann Pulley
The Way of Wounds / Natanya and Pulley
To the Man Who Gave Me Cancer / Adrienne Keene
Self-Portrait with Parts Missing and/or Smeared / Michael Wasson
Critical Poly 100s / Kim Tallbear
Pain Scale Treaties / Lara Da’
Caribou People / Siku Allooloo
Part One: Redeeming the English Language (Acquisition) Series / Tiffany Midge 183
Apocalypse Logic / Elissa Washuta
Women in the Fracklands: On Water. Land. Bodies, and Standing Rock / Toni Jensen
Goodbye Once Upon a Time / Byron F. Aspaas
I Am Chopping Ivory or Bone / Joan Naviyuk Kane
Blood Running / Sasha Lapointe
A Mind Spread Out on the Ground / Alicia Elliott