HPU to Host Internationally Acclaimed American Indian Author, Poet

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 6, 2014 – High Point University will host award-winning Choctaw novelist, poet, playwright and critic LeAnne Howe as part of the Phoenix Reading Series. Howe will hold a reading, followed by a Q&A session at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20 in the Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

Howe will be reading from her newest book, “Choctalking on Other Realities.” She will be sharing her memoir about traveling to Japan, Jerusalem, Jordan, Syria and Romania, discussing her own experiences with stereotypes and cross-cultural missteps, and exploring what it means to be an American Indian woman abroad.

“It is an honor to host LeAnne Howe as part of the Phoenix Reading Series, and for her to engage with our Women’s and Gender studies students,” says Dr. Kirstin Squint, assistant professor of English. “Her works have made a significant contribution to contemporary Native American and Southern literature, and her writing is the subject of a number of scholars working in those fields.”

In addition to the reading, Howe will be visiting classes in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, including Squint’s “Writing by Women of Color” course.

The event, co-sponsored by HPU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the Cultural Programming Committee, is part of the Phoenix Reading Series, a new extension of the four-decade-old Phoenix Festival at HPU.

Howe, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is director of the creative writing program at the University of Illinois, and professor of American Indian studies, English and theatre. She was also recently a Fulbright Professor in Amman, Jordan, and a recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas.

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