Writer and poet Susan Deer Cloud will speak in honor of National American Indian Heritage Month Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.
A reception for Deer Cloud will begin at 6 p.m.
According to the Web site foothillspublishing.com, which published her newest book titled I Was Indian, Deer Cloud writes about the traditions of Blackfoot, Mohawk and Seneca Indians and has published books of poetry that include The Broken Hoop and In the Moon When the Deer Lose Their Horns. Additionally, she is the editor of Confluence, a multicultural anthology.
Deer Cloud was raised in the Catskills Mountains and is an alumna of Bingham University, where she teaches creative writing on occasion, according to the site. She is in the Master of Fine Arts Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
She is a recipient of a New York State Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship and a Chenango County Council for the Arts Individual Artist’s Grant, and is the founder of Binghamton Underground Poets, Wild Indians & Exuberant Others, Unc. (Unincorporated). In 2007, she was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry, according to the Web site.
The free, public event is sponsored by the offices of Multicultural Student Services and Equity and Diversity and the departments of Sociology and Anthropology and English.