Sovereign erotics : a collection of two-spirit literature / edited by Qwo-Li Driskill, Daniel Heath Justice, Deborah Miranda and Lisa Tatonetti
Contributor(s): Driskill, Qwo-Li | Justice, Daniel Heath | Miranda, Deborah A | Tatonetti, Lisa.Material type: TextSeries: First peoples (2010): Publisher: Tucson, AZ : University of Arizona Press, ©2011Description: vii, 223 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780816502424; 0816502420.Subject(s): 2000-2099 | Indian gays -- Literary collections | Indian lesbians -- Literary collections | American literature -- Indian authors | Gays' writings, American | Indians of North America -- Sexual behavior -- Literary collections | American literature -- 21st century | Homosexuality -- United States | Indians of North America -- Sexual behavior | American literature | American literature -- Indian authors | Gays' writings, American | Homosexuality | Indian gays | Indian lesbians | Indians of North America -- Sexual behavior | United StatesGenre/Form: Literary collections. DDC classification: 810.8/0920664 Other classification: LCO013000
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Edited by Qwo-Li Driskill, Daniel Heath Justice, Deborah Miranda and Lisa Tatonetti.
Includes bibliographical references.
Writing in the present -- Dreams/Ancestors. Some like Indians endure / Paula Gunn Allen -- Warrior / Kim Shuck -- Vessel / Indira Allegra -- Kid Icarus / Joel Waters -- The king of the tie-snakes / Craig Womack -- Santa Claus, Indiana / Michael Koby -- Aunt Lucy / Laura M. Furlan -- Living memory / D.M. O'Brien -- Gathering of nations / William Raymond Taylor -- Indian mascot, 1959 / Janice Gould -- Real Indians / Malea Powell -- Coyote takes a trip / Deborah Miranda -- Birth song for Muin, in red / Louis Esmé Cruz -- Chantway for F.C. / Qwo-Li Driskill. -- Love/Medicine. My first book / Maurice Kenny -- Ghost dance / Chip Livingston -- Come back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean / Michael Koby -- Something wants to be said / William Raymond Taylor -- A meditation partially composed in a D.C. coffeehouse because there isn't anything better to do in this city of dead white fathers / Malea Powell -- Love poem, after Arizona / Qwo-Li Driskill -- He's watched / Maurice Kenny -- Being two spirit / Jaynie Lara (Weye Hlapsi) -- Lament under the moon / Daniel David Moses -- Thames / James Thomas Stevens -- Deep winter / Cheryl Savageau. -- Long/Walks. We could not forget / Janice Gould -- Our wars / Laura M. Furlan -- The act of memory in Laguna California / Dan Taulapapa McMullin -- Blue covers / Indira Allegra -- (Auto)biography of mad / Qwo-Li Driskill -- The witch's house / Michael Koby -- Ballad of the raft / Daniel David Moses -- Contacts / Maurice Kenny -- Authentically ethnic / Luna Maia -- Sweet grass / Carrie House -- The perfect picture / D.M. O'Brien -- The door of the devil / Janet McAdams -- Jerry, Sheree, and the eel / Dan Taulapapa McMullin -- Gray's sea change / Daniel David Moses -- Regent's Canal / James Thomas Stevens -- Absorbing light / Kim Shuck -- A drag queen named Pipi / Dan Taulapapa McMullin -- Ander's awakening / Daniel Heath Justice -- My mom names us / Louis Esmé Cruz -- Kid / Carrie House -- Pedagogy / Qwo-Li Driskill -- Plaza Bocanegra / Janet McAdams -- The ends of a picnic / Daniel David Moses. -- Wild/Flowers. Where I want them / Cheryl Savageau -- Remember : she bought those panties for you / M. Carmen Lane -- Naughty probably / Maurice Kenny -- Rebirth / Sarah Tsigeyu Sharp -- Sargent : drawing of Nicola D'Inverno / Maurice Kenny -- St. James Lake / James Thomas Stevens -- Sonnet for Izzy / Qwo-Li Driskill -- Visiting San Francisco / Maurice Kenny -- Man country / Chip Livingston -- How to make a fish sweat / Daniel David Moses -- Forgiveness on a November Sunday / Malea Powell -- Calumet cemetery / Michael Koby -- Clementines / Deborah Miranda.
Two-Spirit people, identified by many different tribally specific names and standings within their communities, have been living, loving, and creating art since time immemorial. It wasn't until the 1970s, however, that contemporary queer Native literature gained any public notice. Even now, only a handful of books address it specifically, most notably the 1988 collection Living the Spirit: A Gay American Indian Anthology. Since that book's publication twenty-three years ago, there has not been another collection published that focuses explicitly on the writing and art of Indigenous Two-Spirit and Queer people. This collection strives to reflect the complexity of identities within Native Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Two-Spirit (GLBTQ2) communities. Gathering together the work of established writers and talented new voices, this anthology spans genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and essay) and themes (memory, history, sexuality, indigeneity, friendship, family, love, and loss) and represents a watershed moment in Native American and Indigenous literatures, Queer studies, and the intersections between the two. Collaboratively, the pieces in the collection demonstrate not only the radical diversity among the voices of today's Indigenous GLBTQ2 writers but also the beauty, strength, and resilience of Indigenous GLBTQ2 people in the twenty-first century.