Mashantucket Pequot Museum Library and Archives Blog

Friday, May 20, 2011

Poetry events in July

Wednesday, July 13, 2 – 3:30 pm

Reading Circle and Discussion: The Smokehouse Boys

We are excited that Shaunna Oteka McCovey (Yurok) is joining us for our summer Reading Circle to discuss her book of poems, The Smokehouse Boys. Several of her poems are featured in the current exhibit, Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home: Art and Poetry from Native California, in the Mashantucket Gallery. Shaunna grew up on the Yurok Reservation in northern California and started writing poetry when she was six. In 2010, Humboldt State University named her a Distinguished Alumni for her work as an author, attorney, and advocate. Purchase The Smokehouse Boys from the Museum gift shop or borrow a copy from the Research Library. Limited to 20 participants, ages 16 and older. In the Research Library. Call (860) 396-6897 by July 9 to register. FREE

Thursday, July 14, 2 – 3:30 pm

Shaunna Oteka McCovey: Poetry from Native California

Shaunna Oteka McCovey (Yurok) reads from her book of poetry, The Smokehouse Boys; featured in Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home: Art and Poetry from Native California. She writes about the land and people of northwestern California and her strong family relationships and close ties to Native California. Old ways blend with today’s realities in the poems. From Food Stamps to Blue-Eyed Indian Boy, her poetry connects the past with the present and explores the relationships between generations. Join us for this rare opportunity to hear poetry read aloud by the author. Ms. McCovey signs copies of her book in the Museum gift shop after the reading in the Fleet Room. Free with Museum admissions, free to Museum members.