Contact: Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189
February 1, 1994
Native American Poetry Evening: The Children Speak
On Thursday evening, March 10, author and teacher Mick Fedullo will bring eight children from Montana's Crow reservation to read their poems. This program, co-sponsored by the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, will be held at 6:45 p.m. in the Mumford Room on the 6th floor of the James Madison Memorial Building. Tickets are not required.
Mick Fedullo, an accomplished poet and writer with an M.F.A. degree from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, has served as writer-in-residence on the Gila River, White River Apache, and Navajo Indian reservations in Arizona. Since 1984 he has been a language-development consultant in American Indian education, working with state and federal agencies and local school districts. He has been adopted by a Crow Indian family into the Whistling Water Clan and given the Crow name of Storyteller. Mr. Fedullo lives in the village of Pryor on the Crow reservation in Montana. His book, Light of the Feather: Pathways Through Contemporary Indian America (hardcover, William Morrow; paper, Doubleday), details his experiences in over a decade of teaching creative writing to Native American schoolchildren.
The students, all Crow Indians from the reservation, attend Plenty Coups High School, St. Charles School, and Pretty Eagle Catholic School. The featured young poets are 7th-grader Yolanda Old Dwarf, 8th-grader Mike Beaumont, 9th-graders Mike Laforge and Chuck Lance, and 12th-graders Loretta Shane and Scott Plain Bull. Each student will read for ten minutes from work that he or she has developed in Mr. Fedullo's expressive language program. A slide show will accompany the reading, featuring the work of photographer Michael Crummett.
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