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Allison Hedge Coke
Featured Poets:Allison Hedge Coke
September 16, 2008
Wayne State College, Wayne, NE

We invite you for an afternoon reading and residency with Allison Hedge Coke.

Of her book Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer: A Story of Survival, Booklist has written: "This is a harrowing book. Statistics about alcoholism and family violence among dispossessed American Indians fail to show the sheer human suffering it causes and the personal heroism of those who struggle through to an integrated life. Coke writes in a stately, unashamed manner of beatings and binges, always connecting her personal sufferings to the larger questions of how Indian people can reclaim their cultural and personal pride and authority."

Poet Joy Harjo has said, "What Iíve always admired about Allison Hedge Cokeís poetry is her astounding courage. And the ability to seamlessly weave the tobacco fields of childhood with the stark plains and hills of South Dakota. And more than all thatóthe shining spirit of compassion."

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