Author Gordon Henry to Read at Alma College
Award-winning poet and author Gordon Henry delivers a public reading of his works and conducts conversations about his poetry and fiction Wednesday, Feb. 16 at Alma College.
During a "Conversation with Gordon Henry" from 4-5:30 p.m. in Room 109 in the Swanson Academic Center students from Dr. Laura von Wallmenich's Native American Literature class, other College community members and the public discuss Henry’s work, his views on Native American literature, and the creative process with the author. Admission to the discussion is free and open to the public.
Henry reads selections of his poetry and fiction and tells stories in the Native American tradition from 7-9 p.m. in the Anderson Reading Area of the Alma College Library. Admission to the reading is free and open to the public.
The author of the novel, The Light People, was nominated for a National Book Award in 1994 and won the American Book Award in 1995. Henry's poetry and fiction have been published in The Black Warrior Review, Mid-American Review, Stories Migrating Home, and North Dakota Quarterly, as well as in numerous other journals and anthologies.
He is an enrolled member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe in Minnesota. His father served in the United States Navy, and Henry grew up traveling and living on military bases and on the White Earth Reservation. He has been actively involved in traditional Native American ceremonies for most of his adult life.
After studying at Michigan State University and earning his Ph.D. in Literature at the University of North Dakota, Henry has taught at Ferris State University, Alma College and the University of Michigan. He was a Fulbright Lecturer in Spain. He currently teaches at Michigan State University.
Henry's visit is the first in a series of Alma Library-sponsored visits by Michigan authors for readings. Future visits will be determined by authors' areas of specialties and how their writings mesh with current English classes. Alma's Library and Co-curricular Committee are sponsoring Henry's visit.
Posted: Mon, January 31st, 2005 at 12:40PM