The Cameron University Department of English and Foreign Languages continues its Visiting Writer’s Series by welcoming poet Sy Hoahwah on Friday, October 11. Hoahwah will read selections from his work at 7 p.m. in the CETES Conference Center. The event is open to the public at no charge.
Hoahwah has been referred to as “one of the most exciting voices among young American Indians writing today. His poetry is at once understated and explosive, achieving insights into the human condition with sensitivity and humor.”
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Hoahwah was raised in Arkansas and Lawton. A direct descendent of Comanche orator and principal chief Ten Bears and of the Arapaho leader Little Raven, he is considered both a Native American and Southern poet, as his work is heavily influenced by his Southern plains heritage. Hoahwah’s poetry explores the contemporary continuance of Comanche identity into the 21st century, offering an ironic perspective on life in a cultural landscape haunted by death and beauty, and on the fringe of mass capitalism and Pan-Indianism. His poems are complex imagistic sets of surrealism, gang subculture, witchcraft, and ghost lore fused in tight lyrical narratives or post-modern enjambments. Foregoing any clichés of identity crises, Hoahwah reconstructs Comanche mythology within a contemporary Native consciousness of social survival.
Earlier this year, Hoahwah was one of 40 poets nationwide honored with a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a past recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award.
He is the author numerous poetry collections, including “Velroy and the Madischie Mafia,” “Night Cradle,” “Black Knife” and “Split.”
October 4, 2013