ANISHINAABE TRAVELER – Jim Northrup, an Anishinaabe poet, performer, newspaper columnist and novelist, speaks during a reading and reception held at Lake Superior State University on Feb. 4. Northrop spoke of his experiences when Native American children where raised to the exclusion of their native ways. One of the only times he heard his Anishinaabe language, he recalls, was when alcoholics were roused by police officers. Northrup also shared poetry and excerpts from his books with a capacity crowd. His reading/reception and a special master class taught during the day were part of the “Continuing a Literary Dialogue in the Eastern Upper Peninsula” initiative at LSSU made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. These events are organized and sponsored by the LSSU Visiting Writer Series. The LSSU Department of English created the series to bring highly acclaimed literary authors and poets to the campus to raise awareness of LSSU’s expanding creative writing program and bring together the community and college in a shared literary experience. Watch for future visits in the program. (LSSU/John Shibley)
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