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Release Date: January 10, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • Rebecca Hatcher Travis

SULPHUR, Okla. -- Chickasaw artist and author Rebecca Hatcher Travis will read and sign copies of her new book “Constant Fires” 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, at the ARTesian Gallery and Studios, 100 W. Muskogee St. The event is open to the public at no charge.

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 lives and writes in the foothills of the Arbuckle Mountains in southern Oklahoma on land her ancestors settled when the region was known as Indian Territory.

“Constant Fires” is one of two books Travis has published through Chickasaw Press. It is a collection of poems which brings readers to a deeper understanding of the Chickasaw people and Native perspectives. Travis’s poetry captures the stories, struggles and people of past generations; rejoices in the continuation and determination of Indigenous Americans, who celebrated the beauty of nature and the natural world.

The collection includes 60 original poems organized into four sections. The first section, “Blood Streaks,” brings Indian Territory to life. The second, “Stirrings,” shares reflections of tribal families and relationships, often gleaned from Travis’ personal experience. The third section, “Voices in Place,” pulls the reader toward hope and the future, with poems about reconnection to people and the land. The fourth, “Earth Echoes,” guides a journey through the natural world.

Her first work with Chickasaw Press, “Picked Apart the Bones,” was published in 2008 and won the First Book Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas in 2006.

Travis based the poems in “Picked Apart the Bones” on memories of her Chickasaw family and the Oklahoma landscape that surrounded her as a child. Her poems also serve as testimonials to her ancestors who have passed on to the next life.

For more information regarding the Jan. 13 book event, phone the ARTesian Studio and Gallery, 580-622-8040.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016