On Saturday, January 11, Politics and Prose will host editor Richard Peabody for a reading and discussion from his sixth anthology of fiction by Washington, D.C.-area women writers.  Readers include Solveig Eggerz, Katie Pickard Fawcett, Arin Greenwood, Melanie S. Hatter, Jacqueline Jules, Bethanne Patrick, Marija Stajic, and Suzanne Stroh. Leslie Pietrzyk, author of one of my favorite short stories, will moderate a panel discussion on writing and living in Washington, D.C.

I’m honored to have my story “Pow Wow Girls” included in this collection.  This story was originally workshopped in a fiction writing class in Maine, as part of the Johns Hopkins Conference on Craft.  “Pow Wow Girls” is set in 1960s Oklahoma, roughly my mother’s generation, and follows the lives of mixed-blood American Indian women.

The story began as a chapter from my novel in progress.  It was written from the perspective of one of my main characters, Woody, and described his interest in the pow wow girls of his past.  When I cut that chapter from the novel, I set it aside, hoping — praying — I could later use it somehow.  When I needed to write a story for class, I played with this chapter, changing the perspective from that of a 58-year old male reflecting on his past to that of a female perspective.  I had recently read the novel The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka, which was told from the collective voices of Japanese  women who immigrated to the United States in the 1920s, and I experimented with telling “Pow Wow Girls” from the perspective of a collection of Native women, all of mixed Indian and white blood.

On February 6, a second reading will be held at One More Page Books in Falls Church at 6:00 p.m. I’m honored to read from my story at that event, alongside Kate Lu and Julie Shields. Donna Moss will moderate.

To learn more about the Politics and Prose event or to purchase a copy of the anthology, see this link. 




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