Arts Society & Culture

Author Susan Power to speak at UGA

Susan Power

Athens, Ga. – Award-winning author Susan Power will hold a reading and discussion on “Indigenous Process in Writing Novels—Writing as Ceremony” March 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the University of Georgia’s north psychology-journalism auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow.

Power is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a native Chicagoan. A graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Power is the author of three books: “The Grass Dancer,” a novel; “Roofwalker,” a story collection; and the recently released novel “Sacred Wilderness.” She received a PEN/Hemingway prize in 1995 and a Milkweed National Fiction Prize in 2002. Her short stories and essays have been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies including: “The Best American Short Stories of 1993,” The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The Southern Review and Granta.

According to LeAnne Howe, author and Eidson Distinguished Professor in American Literature in the UGA department of English, Power’s novel “Sacred Wilderness” “moves across time and space with a cast of loveable characters such as Ojibwe elder Gladys Swan and her wise cat Zhigaag. They’ve all come together in order to heal Candace Jenssen, yet ‘Sacred Wilderness,’ the message, heals us all.”

Author Rachel Kadis calls “Sacred Wilderness” “a feast, full of fierce love, unexpected humor and wisdom both timely and timeless.”

Power lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Native American Studies, the Institute for Women’s Studies, Eidson Foundation Funds in the department of English and the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. A more informal reading—with an additional opportunity to meet the author—is scheduled for March 26 at 6:45 p.m. at Avid Bookshop, 493 Prince Ave.