for a book of literature and art on the
contemporary American Indian experience in Michigan
The anthology will be published by Northern Michigan University’s Center for Native American Studies and NMU Press, with funding from the Michigan Humanities Council.
Please submit your original, unpublished poem, short story, creative nonfiction essay, memoir, profile, cartoon, comic strip, stand alone excerpt from a longer work, drawing, illustration, or photograph that depicts the contemporary Native American experience in Michigan. Submissions must be one-half page to 12 pages in length.
The editors are interested in stories and art by and/or about recent Michigan Indians. We seek texts and images addressing “contemporary Indian identity in Michigan.” Who and what are Michigan Indians today? What are their lives like in Michigan in the 21st century? How have their experiences and those of their ancestors influenced or informed who they are? Are there Indian “transplants” who bring perspectives from other places that diversify the Michigan experience? How do they enrich us?
Topics and subjects may include, but are not limited to: the land, the lakes, family, the search for center, ideas of time and the past, communalism and our Native communities on and off reservation homelands, orality, storytelling, the power of words and symbols, Indian education, places and Indian place making in the state, sacred site retention and loss, Indian/land reciprocity, the Michigan urban Indian experience, ceremony and ritual, persistence of traditional arts and lifeways, and new cultural ways.
All work must reflect being Indian in Michigan and, at some point, it must focus on or address issues of Indian modernity. Humorous submissions are encouraged. While the anthology, tentatively titled Who We Are Now: Storying Michigan Indigenes, may be used in classrooms, it is intended for a general audience. Authors/artists whose work is included in the anthology will receive two copies of the book as remuneration.
Mail or email manuscripts (up to 4,000 words or a maximum of 12 pages), poems or images (up to three, color or black and white, 300 dpi minimum). Submit to:
Grace Chaillier, Project Coordinator
Who We Are Now: Storying Michigan Indigenes (working title)
NMU Center for Native American Studies
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855
For questions, call 906 227-1397 (email is best to reach us)
Northern Michigan University
Center for Native American Studies
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquett, MI 49855
906 227-1397 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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