Native Voices: Indigenous American Poetry, Craft and Conversations

by CMarie Fuhrman and Dean Rader


In this groundbreaking anthology of Indigenous poetry and prose, Native poems, stories, and essays are informed with a knowledge of both what has been lost and what is being restored. It presents a diverse collection of stories told by Indigenous writers about themselves, their histories, and their present. It is a celebration of culture and the possibilities of language, in conversation with those poets and storytellers who have paved the way. A truly synergetic collection of contemporary and early Native voices.

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“I write from a continuous space of erasure. Poetry was the one way that I was able to hold onto…my history, geography, and language.”  – Craig Santos Perez, contributor.

In this groundbreaking anthology of Indigenous poetry and prose, where stories and poems contain a trace of that erasure, a record of what is lost as well as made whole, we celebrate a more complete version of the story we tell—about ourselves, our past, and what is possible in language.

Featuring forty-two poets, including Simon Ortiz, Leslie Marmon Silko, Luci Tapahonso, Joy Harjo, Sherwin Bitsui, Heid E. Erdrich, Layli Long Soldier, and Orlando White; original influence essays by Diane Glancy on Lorca, Chrystos on Audre Lorde, Louise Erdrich on Elizabeth Bishop, LeAnne Howe on W. D. Snodgrass, Allison Hedge Coke on Delmore Schwartz, Suzanne Rancourt on Ai, and M. L. Smoker on Richard Hugo, among others; and, a selection of resonant work chosen from previous generations of Native artists.

Native Voices is a comprehensive collection of the most urgent Indigenous American poetry and prose spanning the mid 20th Century to today.

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Weight .4 lbs
Dimensions 6.5 × .5 × 9 in

CMarie Fuhrman’s poetry and nonfiction has appeared in multiple journals including Yellow Medicine Review, Cutthroat a Journal of the Arts, Whitefish Review, and Broadsided Press’s NoDapl Compilation, High Desert Journal, Sustainable PlayTaos Journal of Poetry and Art, as well as several anthologies. She has served as guest editor for several publications and is Poetry Review Editor for Transmotion Journal.  CMarie is the 2019 recipient of the Grace Paley Fellowship at Under the Volcano in Tepotzlán, Mexico and winner of the Bank’s Award for poetry.  She is a 2019 graduate of the University of Idaho’s MFA program where she is the Project Coordinator for Indigenous Knowledge for Effective Education Program (IKEEP).  CMarie resides in West Central Idaho. 

Dean Rader publishes widely in the fields of poetry, visual culture, and Indigenous Studies. His scholarly books include Engaged Resistance: Contemporary American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI (University of Texas Press, 2011), which won the Beatrice Medicine Award for Excellence in American Indian Scholarship and Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2001, edited with Janice Gould). He also curated a special issue of Sentence devoted to contemporary Indigenous prose poetry. Rader’s most recent collection of poems is Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry (Copper Canyon), a finalist for both the Northern California Book Award and the Oklahoma Book Award. He also co-edited Bullets Into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence (Beacon Press). He is a professor at the University of San Francisco.