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Still Bad Indians: 10 Years Later with Deborah Miranda


Friday, June 3 | 10:00 am 5:00 pm

The California Indian Studies and Scholars Association (CISSA) welcomes keynote speaker Deborah A. Miranda as she celebrates the 10-year anniversary of her award-winning book, Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir.

This beautiful and devastating book—part tribal history, part lyric, and intimate memoir—should be required reading for anyone seeking to learn about California Indian history, past and present. Deborah A. Miranda tells stories of her Ohlone Costanoan Esselen family as well as the experience of California Indians as a whole through oral histories, newspaper clippings, anthropological recordings, personal reflections, and poems. The result is a work of literary art that is wise, angry, and playful all at once, a compilation that will break your heart and teach you to see the world anew.

The event will include a reading of the play “IYA: The Ex’celen Remember” inspired by Louise Miranda-Ramirez (Ohlone/Costanoan Esselen Nation Chairwoman) and written by Luis xago Juárez.

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About the Speaker

Deborah A. Miranda

Deborah A. Miranda

Deborah A. Miranda is an enrolled member of the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Nation of the Greater Monterey Bay Area in California. Deborah lives in Eugene, Oregon with her wife, writer Margo Solod, and a variety of rescue dogs. She is Professor of English emerita at Washington and Lee University, where she taught literature of the margins and creative writing as the Thomas H. Broadus, Jr. Endowed Chair.

Her mixed-genre memoir Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir received the 2015 PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, a Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Association, and was short-listed for the William Saroyan Literary Award. She is also the author of four poetry collections: Indian Cartography, The Zen of La Llorona, Raised by Humans, and Altar for Broken Things. She is the co-editor of Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature and contributing editor of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through. Photo by Margo Solod.


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