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Shonda Buchanan at the McNally Jackson Booksellers

Saturday at Seaport (SEAPORT)
Join us at our new South Seaport location for a full day of readings, conversation, and song.

6:00pm - Black Indian: Exploring Womanhood, Abuse and Black Indian Intersections

Shonda Buchanan and Oleana

Award-winning poet and educator Shonda Buchanan (1968) was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a daughter of Mixed Bloods, tri-racial and tri-ethnic African American, American Indian and European-descendant families who migrated from North Carolina and Virginia in the mid-1700 to 1800s to Southwestern Michigan. Black Indian, her memoir, begins the saga of these migration stories of Free People of Color communities exploring identity, ethnicity, landscape and loss.

For the last 18 years, Shonda has taught Creative Writing, Composition and Critical Theory at Loyola Marymount University, Hampton University and William & Mary College. An Eloise Klein-Healy Scholarship recipient, a Sundance Institute Writing Arts fellow, a Jentel Artist Residency fellow and a PEN Center Emerging Voices fellow, Shonda has received grants from the California Community Foundation, Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program and several grants from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Her first book of poetry, Who's Afraid of Black Indians?, was nominated for the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the Library of Virginia Book Awards. Literary Editor of Harriet Tubman Press, her second collection of poetry, Equipoise: Poems from Goddess Country was published by San Francisco Bay Press. Shonda's poetry and essays have been featured in numerous anthologies.

Freelance writer for the LA Weekly since 1991, and Indian Country Today, the Los Angeles Times and the Writer's Chronicle, Shonda is completing a second memoir as well as the screenplay of Black Indian. She’s also editing a novel and a collection of poetry about the iconic singer, concert pianist and Civil Rights activist, Nina Simone. For more information visit, https://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/black-indian and www.shondabuchanan.com. Follow Shonda @shondabuchanan.

A Museum Administrator over 10 years & Outreach Liaison who curates Native American Public Programs and Exhibitions, spotlighting Traditional & Contemporary Indigenous Artists titled *Beyond the Oak Tree Treaty, She stayed connected to The Arts while working as a Props Shopper for The Juilliard School of Music and ultimately the acclaimed Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recently launched into the art of Spoken Word, she shares her inherited diary of published Poems *Reflections of a Whispering Dove gifted by Def Poetry Jam founder; Danny Simmons (now a permanent volume of the Schomberg Center for research).

Lending her image as a Native American Advocate, Educator and Poetess, Oleana's recently debuted Portrait as the Tsalagi Water Spider instates her legacy intrinsic to the newly expanded Exhibition by award-winning Photographer *Lisa Levart. Likewise, she presents newly written material aimed to broaden the myopic perspective of contemporary Native Americans, imagining a new reverence for life beyond the Reservation. Additionally, Oleana is a NYC American Indian community House member, working alongside Ramapough-Lenape Chief Perry.

Saturday, September 7, 2019
McNally Jackson Books
4 Fulton St. (South St. Seaport)
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Black Indian

A Memoir by Shonda Buchanan

A moving memoir exploring one family’s legacy of African Americans with American Indian roots.

Published: August 2019
ISBN: 9780814345801
Published: August 2019
ISBN: 9780814345818