Reading Group Cheryl Savageau

  • Tuesday, September 06, 2022
  • 10:00 AM
  • Online via Zoom
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We Are Still Here:
Northeastern Indigenous Peoples

University Days 2022 

Reading Group:

Mother/land and Out of the Crazywoods
by Cheryl Savageau

Tuesday September 6

Online at 10:00 - 11:30 am EDT

Each group will have a maximum of 20 participants.
Priority registration for OLLI members opens on August 1.
General registration opens on August 8.

Cheryl Savageau’s poetry and memoir draw on her Abenaki and French Canadian heritage with luminous language and images that capture the borderlands that she has inhabited culturally, psychologically, and physically.  Alnôbawôgan, being and becoming human in Abenaki, is at the heart of Savageau’s writing her personal journey.

Cheryl Savageau will lead the discussion of selected poetry from these two books. Her quilts, paintings and collage, inspired by her poetry, will be on display in the Awikhigan: Evoking Indigenous Stories and Landscapes art exhibit.  Participants will be surrounded by Savageau’s art as they listen to her read and discuss the poems that speak most evocatively to them. Savageau’s poetry has been a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Savageau has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony for three years and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Arts Foundation. She has been a mentor to Native American writers through the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, and received their Mentor of the Year award in 1999. Cheryl Savageau teaches at the Middlebury Breadloaf School of English.  

Books will be available at The Bookstore in Lenox, MA.

We may add extra in person sessions if overwhelming interest is shown. In person meetings will be at Shakespeare & Company.
Pre-registration is required. Register safely and securely online or call 413.236.2190 (M-F 9:00 am - 4:00 pm) to register by phone.

Learn more about University Days 2022: We Are Still Here: Indigenous Peoples of the Northeast. Lectures, art shows, walking tours and more!

Learning about the United State’s Native American Heritage is vital to weaving a more equitable social fabric for everyone. If you would like to contribute to our continuing work towards this goal click here to make a contribution to OLLI’s Northeast Indigenous Initiative, found in the “Designation” drop down menu.

We Are Still Here: Indigenous Peoples of the Northeast is supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council through the local cultural councils of Alford-Egremont, Dalton, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Mount Washington, North Berkshire, Otis, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sandisfield, Sheffield and Stockbridge and with in-kind support and partnership from Berkshire Community College and Shakespeare & Company.

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