Seattle poet Duane Niatum, who has been writing poems, essays, and stories for over fifty years - and publishing for over forty - reads here this evening from a long-awaited new collection of poems, Earth Vowels (Mongrel Empire Press). An enrolled member of the Jamestown/S’Klallam tribe, he has also played a significant role in Native American letters, both with his own work, and with such anthologies as Carriers of the Dream World and Harper’s Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry.
“For more than four decades, Duane Niatum has proven himself to be one of this nation’s most lyrical voices - but with a difference. His work consistently reminds us of the power of story, the strength that can be drawn from Native roots. Whether it is a poem dedicated to his son, an elegy for Plains Indians prisoners at Fort Marion in Florida, a eulogy for the vanished Duwamish salmon, or a love poem, there is never less in anything he writes than his entire heart.” - Joseph Bruchac.