Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia University’s Native American Studies Program will host 2014 Elder-in-Residence Diane Glancy, an award-winning novelist, poet, playwright and filmmaker March 29- April 4.
A writer of Cherokee and German descent, Glancy is a prolific literary force. Her well-known works include “Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears” and “Designs on the Night Sky,” which both draw on the history of the 1830s Cherokee Removal, and “Stone Heart: A Novel of Sacagawea.”
Her book “The Reason for Crows” is a memoir of Kateri Tekakwitha, daughter of a Mohawk chief and Christian mother and the first Native American to be declared a saint.
While on campus, Glancy will guest lecture in WVU classes and head a March 31 dialogue on American Indian education, “I is for Invisible,” in the College of Education and Human Services. On April 1, she will lead a daylong literary festival hosted by the Department of English, including a free public screening of her film, “The Dome of Heaven” from 12:45-2:15 p.m. in room 130 Colson Hall.
On Wednesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. Glancy will give a free public reading, “The Dream of a Broken Field” in 202 Brooks Hall. A welcoming reception starts at 7 p.m. and a book signing will follow the reading.
“Glancy’s abundant body of work creates a literary portal through which readers are invited to experience ancient Native traditions, survival of historic wrongs, struggles for cultural identity, and celebrations of personal resilience,” said Bonnie Brown, Native American Studies program coordinator.
Glancy’s residency is made possible through the Carolyn Reyer Visiting Lectureship Program for Native American Studies and the generous co-sponsorship by the Department of English. Additional sponsors include the Program for Religious Studies, the Department of History, the College of Education and Human Services-Office of Diversity and Global Initiatives, and the Diverse Voices Fund.
Check out the program online at http://www.nas.wvu.edu, or on Facebook by searching “WVU Native American Studies Program. For more information, contact Bonnie Brown at 304-293-4626 or BonnieM.Brown.wvu.edu.