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Release Date: August 16, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



SULPHUR, Okla. – The Chickasaw Nation will host Native Literature Day 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17, in the Anoli’ Theater at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Cooper Memorial Road.

Native Literature Day will honor Native American authors and focus on the cultural influence of their works.

The event will highlight the importance of Native American literature and oral traditions. Authors will read works of their choosing. Each speaker will give an introduction discussing the meaning behind what they are sharing.

Authors attending include Stanley Nelson, Rebecca Hatcher Travis, Wiley Barnes and Phillip Carroll Morgan.

Nelson, Chickasaw/Choctaw, has more than 30 years of experience as an award-winning media relations professional, editor and columnist for businesses and publications in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Colorado. His published works through the Chickasaw Press include “Chokma'si: The Beauty of the Chickasaw Nation” and “Toli: Chickasaw Stickball Then and Now.”

Travis is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation whose roots are deep in Indian Territory, Oklahoma, and Texas. Her work has appeared in literary journals, anthologies, online and recently in “Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits,” a collection of pieces by and photographs of Native poets and writers, published in 2017 by University of New Mexico Press.

She has published two books with the Chickasaw Press: “Constant Fires” and “Picked Apart the Bones.”

Barnes, Chickasaw, has spent nearly 15 years forging a career in publishing, printing and graphic design. “C is for Chickasaw” is his first children’s book. “C is for Chickasaw” walks children through the letters of the alphabet, sharing elements of Chickasaw history, language and culture along the way.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University.

Morgan, Chickasaw/Choctaw, is an award-winning author of three Chickasaw Press titles “Chickasaw Renaissance” and “Riding Out the Storm: 19th Century Chickasaw Governors and Their Intellectual Legacy” and co-author of “Dynamic Chickasaw Women.” “Anompolichi: The Wordmaster” is his first novel published by the White Dog Press, a secondary imprint under the Chickasaw Press.

He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in Native American literature from the University of Oklahoma.

The Chickasaw Press will have a booth set up that afternoon showcasing works by Native authors. There will be a short Q&A session along with closing comments.

The event is open to the public at no charge.

For more information, contact Chickasaw Nation Tribal Library Manager Bryson Vann at 580-310-6477.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016