In this week’s show, author Sherman Alexie praises the artistic and storytelling ability of Native Americans, so we asked Alexie to share the names of some of his favorite Native writers. Here’s his list and a sampling of their work.
Esther Belin is a Diné (Navajo) poet and multimedia artist who was raised in Los Angeles after her parents were relocated from the Southwest in the 1950s as part of the federal Indian relocation policy. Her work often reflects the experience of Native Americans living in urban centers.
I like to travel to L.A. by myself
I drive to L.A. in the darkness of the day
The dark roads take me back to my childhood
From From the Belly of My Beauty by Esther Belin ©1999 The Arizona Board of Regents. Reprinted by permission of the University of Arizona Press.