Written by BETH PIATOTE
Published: 29 November -0001
Call for Papers: Essays on The Indigenous Everyday
Your auntie dies and you get a letter from the Secretary of the Interior—who knew they cared? You have a fantasy of punching—no, scalping—that guy in the PTA who just said to you: “I have Indian blood too, but not enough to get money.” Once again, you draw the unhappy chore at a cocktail party of explaining what was not cool about Buffalo Soldiers, President Lincoln, and The Revenant. Also not cool: naming a dog “Denali.” Like everyone else, you go home for the holidays. But you also go home for ceremonies to grieve the losses of the last two centuries: relatives lost in battlefields, museums, boarding schools. You say the Lord’s Prayer in your Native language because you can. Not because you believe it. Or maybe you do.
What is your riff on The Indigenous Everyday? How does history live and breathe and sometimes completely ruin the ordinary stuff of life? What do you wish non-Natives understood about indigenous experience, history and culture—the good, the bad, and the absurdly beautiful? What riffs do you tell your friends to get you through? How do you, in Charlie Hill’s words, “turn poison into medicine”?
Our proposed essay collection, I [Heart] Nixon: Essays on the Indigenous Everyday, seeks complete manuscripts of creative nonfiction—personal essays, riffs, mixed-genre pieces and prose poems—that reveal the quotidian pain and ordinary beauty of indigenous life today. We aim for a collection that deftly incorporates humor, history, and individual voice from a range of writers. We invite submissions from writers in the United States, Canada, and the indigenous Pacific. When applicable, submissions should include a short bibliography “For Further Reading” at the end of the piece, as we aim to market this collection to high school, university, and popular readers. No in-text citations, please! The publisher will be announced later this fall.
Complete manuscripts should be formatted double-spaced, one-inch margins, in 12-point Times New Roman font.
Complete manuscripts are due May 15, 2017.