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UGA to host Native American novelist Mona Susan Power

The University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Creative Writing Program and the Institute of Native American Studies welcome Dakota author Mona Susan Power to Athens for a reading and conversation.

Mona Susan Power (Submitted photo)

Power will read from her new novel, “A Council of Dolls” (2023), at Ciné, 234 W. Hancock Ave., Athens, on Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. A book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Power is the author of four books of fiction: “The Grass Dancer” (awarded the PEN/Hemingway prize), “Roofwalker,” “Sacred Wilderness” and the newly released “A Council of Dolls” (Mariner 2023). Fellowships in support of her work include an Iowa Arts Fellowship, James Michener Fellowship, Radcliffe Bunting Institute Fellowship, Princeton Hodder Fellowship, USA Artists Fellowship, McKnight Fellowship and Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship. Her short stories and essays have been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies including The Best American Short Stories series, The Atlantic MonthlyThe Paris ReviewThe Missouri Review and Ploughshares.

“It is a thrill to host a visit to UGA by one of America’s leading Native novelists,” said LeAnne Howe, Eidson Distinguished Professor in American Literature English and director of the UGA Institute of Native American Studies. “Power’s work transcends archaic notions about Native people even as it transports the reader and re-centers us on the contemporary Native American culture that endures.”

Power is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, born and raised in Chicago. She’s a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She currently lives in Minnesota. This event is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the Institute of Native American Studies at UGA.