Celebrate Native American Heritage Month through poetry

National Native American Heritage Month, observed in November, honors the histories, cultures, and contributions – historical and ongoing – of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Here are a few suggestions of poets to read in celebration, both this month and all year; you can also find this list in our catalog. Or check out the much more comprehensive list at the Poetry Foundation; or Sherman Alexie’s 2013 list of Top 10 Native American poets.

Start local – check out Tributaries by Laura Da’, finalist for the 2016 Washington State Book Awards Poetry category. Hopefully you’re already reading Sherman Alexie. From there, try:

Joy Harjo

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

dg nanouk okpik

Simon Ortiz

Orlando White

~ posted by Andrea G.

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