Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tunica Treasure, indeed!

Pop culture helps relatives learn our nearly lost language:

and I've got my makhina ring on today too ;)

And a new poem inspired by my makhina ring, made by Kenneth Johnson, Creek/Seminole silversmith extraordinaire

Backyard Astronomy

The light rises
In preparation for
High noon.
Here, it is called
The sun at her highest point
In the sky,
The brightest moment
Of a day’s life.
It was here
That the sun
Waited to return home,
For her daughter awaited her.
Something else waited
Steel eyes gleaming.
Diamondback ,
Trail points to the setting
Of the daylight’s only star.

From the passing
Of light it took
For the Sun to
Journey home.
Redbird was gone.
Her soul in a thrush and thrall
And her eyes no
Longer on the sky

It was an easy death.
Redbird moved
Across the world
To the Ghost Country,
Played for shine,
For luck,
For love,
For grace.

She could
No longer see
The sky
That traced
Her ascendance
Back to where
Her heart began.

So many stars,
So much longing
And so far away,
A tiny pinpoint
Light of seldom
Rushing from the dark
Blanket of night sky,
Which one,
She sighs,
Is home?

© 2012 Carolyn Dunn

Monday, October 31, 2011

It's been quite a while since the last post--- will try and keep up the blog. Here's a list of current projects:

Echolocation: Poems and Stories from Indian Country: L.A. : we are in the final copy editing stage. The layout has been beautifully designed by Gail Cross at Desert Isle Designs in Tucson and the amazing Stu Jenks, Renaissance Man, is publishing through his Fezziweg Press. We should see the light of day by January 2012 (fingers crossed!)

Bloodline (novel) is finished. It has been sent to Aunt Lute. We will see if they take a chance on it! Indians and vampires inherit Los Angeles in the near future.

The Bone Picker (play) is nearing the end of the first draft. Will send it to Native Voices when it's finished. Jeanie and Randy are patient. They have lots of new works in the works as well...

The third poetry book, The Stains of Burden and Dumb Luck, is in progress. Still editing. We may see some progress by the end of 2012. That is if we're not all at the bottom of the ocean by then.

My evil twin is hard at work at the next novel in her fantasy series, The Two Kingdoms.

I totally blame my students for this, but they have me totally addicted to the Josei/Shojo genre of manga. Oh, those girls have ruined my life!! It reminds me of my mom reading her Harlequin novels on Sunday afternoons while listening to Neil Diamond's Hot August Night. It's a wonder I survived Dora's choice in music and reading, but she lives on and I believe would have joined me in the manga obsession while listening to Crowded House. I am her daughter after all. So I am looking for a student to be a translator and another to scan. (Can I give independent studies credit for something like that???) That said, I am starting my own scanlation group (in my infinite spare time). will be up and running sometime in 2012.

Adjusting to life in the Bay Area has been fun. I'm such an Angeleno that I bristle at all the Giants paraphernalia I am accosted with on a daily basis. Thank goodness for L.A. transplants at UCSC and the occasional Dodger cap. Ahhh... I can relax and breathe. I did spend seven years at USC so I guess I can survive enemy territory. After all, isn't this all enemy territory for a Hollywood Indian?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Carolyn on Feminist Magazine, Pacifica Radio's national feminist news program

Carolyn Dunn will be interviewed tonight on KPFK 90.7 FM on Pacifica Radio's (national) "Feminist Magazine" show from 7:45 to 8 pm. The interview will conclude with a ticket giveaway for the March 26th "Frybread Queen" show.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Arts Alive - March 12, 2011

Arts Alive - March 12, 2011

Wonderful story on the Frybread Queen about eight minutes in!

Lovely review of The Frybread Queen in Culture Spot L.A.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Lovely article from Steve Julian at LA Stage Times

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