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The Smokehouse Boysby Shaunna Oteka Mccovey
Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. Native American studies. Be drawn into a world of rushing rivers and blackberry wine, of ancient forests and of barroom seductions, of maidenhair and heroin. This is the vibrant vocabulary of Shaunna Oteka McCovey, a member of the Yurok Indian Tribe, whose poetry captures the day-to-day struggle of northwestern California's native people. With a voice as varied as her subjects, McCovey's elegies, songs, and polemics are a necessary addition to the poetic language of California. Shaunna Oteka McCovey teaches at Humboldt State University in the department of Social Work. This is her first full-length book of poetry.
A first book of poetry by a Native American woman that is both modern and rooted in the land and experience.
About the Author
Shaunna Oteka McCovey (Yurok/Karuk) wrote her first poem at the age of six while growing up on the Yurok Indian reservation in northern California. She holds master's degrees in social work and environmental law and a juris doctorate from Vermont Law School. Her poems have appeared in News from Native California, Through the Eye of the Deer, and The Dirt is Red Here. She teaches at Humboldt State University in the Department of Social Work. This is her first full-length book of poetry.
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