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Native Poet Roberta Hill reads for Literary Witness
Friday, September 11 2015
 
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Native Poet Roberta Hill reads for Literary Witnesses on Monday, Sept. 21, 7pm.
 
On Monday, Sept. 21 at 7pm at Plymouth Congregational Church (Nicollet Ave. at Franklin), Literary Witnesses presents award-winning Oneida Nation poet and University of Wisconsin professor Roberta Hill. Poet Joy Harjo calls her “one of America’s best poets of her generation.”   Author Louise Edrich says "Roberta Hill is a poet who understands struggle, and generously imparts her passion for renewal.”  The free event is co-sponsored by The Loft Literary Center and RainTaxi Review of Books.  There is plenty of free parking.  A reception and book signing will follow.
 
Roberta Hill is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in The American Indian Culture and Research Journal, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Luna, and Prairie Schooner among others.  She has received a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund Award and a Chancellor's Award from the University of Wisconsin. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 
Her newest book, Cicadas: New & Selected Poems, gathers together seventy-five poems, from previous poetry collections Star Quilt and Philadelphia Flowers, plus a generous selection of new poems culled from the past thirty years.  Roberta's poems are powerful lyrical expressions of love and respect for family, friends, and fellow artists within a wide context of contemporary life.
 
Literary Witnesses is a program of the Fine Arts Board at Plymouth Congregational Church. Over the past seventeen years, it has hosted readings by major national poets, including four US Poet Laureates.

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