Susan Power will visit campus to give a talk titled “A Novelist’s Sacred Trails” on Thursday, April 3. Power is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a native Chicagoan, who has authored three books and numerous short stories and essays. Her talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Albright Auditorium.
“I will discuss how I came to embrace this new process which required such a leap of faith, an artistic surrender of conscious control. I’ll share excerpts of the new novel in my reading to breathe life into the voices that served as my teachers,” says Power.
A graduate of the Harvard Law School and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has authored “The Grass Dancer,” a novel which was the recipient of a PEN/Hemingway prize in 1995; “Roofwalker,” a story collection that earned a Milkweed National Fiction Prize in 2002, and her forthcoming novel, “Sacred Wilderness” (Michigan State University Press).
Power describes her journey of creativity: “When I was younger I thought I was the ‘Creator’ of the characters and world in my fiction. My latest novel, Sacred Wilderness, was a seven-year odyssey which ended up disabusing me of that notion. My Clan Mother characters refused to give up their secrets until I proved myself worthy of hearing them. In this way I feel I was molded and created by my fictional characters every bit as much as I created them.”
Her short stories and essays have been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies, including: “The Best American Short Stories of 1993,” The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The Southern Review, and Granta. Power’s fellowships include an Iowa Arts Fellowship, James Michener Fellowship, Radcliffe Bunting Institute Fellowship, Princeton Hodder Fellowship, and USA Artists Fellowship.
This event is sponsored by the Departments of Religious Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, and Education, the Provost’s Office and Intercultural Affairs.