National Poetry Month event at BerksPoet Susan Deer Cloud, a Catskill Métis Indian of Mohawk, Blackfoot and some Seneca lineage, will be reading on campus Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Freyberger Art Gallery. The reading is free and open to the public.
Currently Deer Cloud is an MFA student in Creative Writing at Goddard College, her tribal home away from home. She has received various awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Chenango County Council for the Arts Literature Grant, First Prize in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Competition (twice), Prairie Schooner's Readers' Choice Award, and Native American Wordcraft Circle Editor's Award for her multicultural anthology Confluence.
Deer Cloud's work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. Her poetry collection The Last Ceremony (2007) and her anthology I Was Indian (2009) are also FootHills publications. In 2008, Deer Cloud served as guest editor for the Spring Issue of Yellow Medicine Review, a Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art & Thought; she is currently an adviser to Yellow Medicine Review.
Deer Cloud's visit is supported by a HASS Division Diversity in Curriculum grant, and is being presented as part of the National Poetry Month series coordinated by Berks Bards, a nonprofit organization bringing poetry to Berks County residents.
For more information, please contact Jayne Brown, senior lecturer in English, at JRB30@psu.edu.