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Sherwin Bitsui

Sherwin Bitsui is originally from White Cone, Ariz., on the Navajo Reservation. He is Diné of the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tl’izilani (Many Goats Clan). He is the author of "Shapeshift," "Flood Song" and "Dissolve." His honors include a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship and a Native Arts & Culture Foundation Arts Fellowship. He is also the recipient of a 2010 PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award and a Whiting Writers Award. In addition to teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts, he joined the faculty at Northern Arizona University in the fall of 2019.

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Copper Canyon Press
October 2019
ISBN 9781556595455
67 pages
$16.00, INSTOCK
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Drawing upon Navajo traditions and language, Sherwin Bitsui composes a brutal and catastrophic passage through the American Southwest.

U of AZ
ISBN 9780816523429
65 pages
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In words drawn from urban and Navajo perspectives, the poet articulates the challenge a Native American person faces in reconciling his or her inherited history of lore and spirit with the coldness of modern civilization.

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