Terese Marie Mailhot
Presently a postdoctoral fellow at Purdue University in Indiana, Terese Marie Mailhot has written a haunting, beautiful memoir in essays, Heart Berries (Counterpoint), limning her coming up north of here in the Seabird Island Indian Reservation. It is a coming of age of great travail - and resilience of equally great measure.
"Inside Terese Mailhot's phenomenal memoir Heart Berries the truth wrestles a knot between hustle and heart. How does a woman raised on a reservation in Canada forge a lifestory in the face of a culture hell bent on keeping her quiet and calm? By and through her body, is how, and this woman's body rages, desires, screams and whispers its way into the reader's body, as if to remind us that the rest of the story will not be silenced. Terese radically reinvents language in order to surface what has been murdered by American culture: the body of a woman, the voice of a warrior, the stories of ancestral spirit jutting up and through the present tense. I am mesmerized by her lyricism because it is shot through with funny angry beautiful brutal truths. This is a writer for our times who simultaneously blows up time. Thank oceans." –Lidia Yuknavitch.
"Heart Berries is an epic take – an Iliad for the indigenous. It is the story of one First Nation woman and her geographic, emotional, and theological search for meaning in a colonial world. It is disturbing and hilarious. It contains sentences of such poetry and power that you will be compelled to set the book down and walk away to recover from the tremors. Terese is a world-changing talent and I recommend this book with 100% of my soul.” –Sherman Alexie.
Co-presented with the INDIGENOUS PEOPLES INSTITUTE (Seattle University). Terese Marie Mailhot is also part of an evening presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures on February 2, along with Tommy Orange and Supaman, hosted by Jess Walters. That at 7:30 p.m. at Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall. Please see SAL for more information.