Last summer, I had the privilege of serving as an instructor for a PEN in the Community residency at the Southern California American Indian Resource Center in Alpine, California. The ten-week workshop had a focus on storytelling and comprised a remarkable group of Native American women. The project culminated in the publication of an anthology and book release party at Barona Casino on December 9, 2011.
It was an incredilbe night made even more memorable due to the fact that Nuvia's painting was used for the anthology's cover, which she presented to SCAIR after the reading. The image features an Indian medicine pouch with a feminine shape that follows the contours of the heart against a background of Oxaxacan flowers.
I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in such a remarkable program and owe a debt of gratitude to Michelle Meyering at PEN Center USA and Frank Panucci at SCAIR. Check out what all three of us have to say about Strong Medicine in this stunning and stirring video put together by Danny Corey and Heather Simons.