The Cameron University Department of Communication, English and Foreign Languages will continue the Visiting Writers Series with novelist and short story writer Oscar Hokeah on Friday, November 8, at 7 p.m. in the CETES Conference Center. The event is open to the public at no charge.
Hokeah is the author of the forthcoming novel, “Unsettled Between,” a novel-in-stories that explores identify at the mercy of community. The novel focuses on Ever Geimausaddle, who learns a toxic version of manhood: where men brutalize men. Through cultural, historical and transnational landscapes, he finds help from a family of matriarchs who offer him a new expression of his identity – if he accepts Kiowa and Cherokee teaching.
“’Unsettled Between’ began a decade ago,” Hokeah says on his blog. “It’s 10 years in the making. I wrote one of its first stories, ‘Our Dance,’ with the help of instructors and classes at the Institute of American Indian Arts - this was around 2008. It was published in 2010 with American Short Fiction. Then I developed ‘Time Like Masks’ while completing my master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma. It was picked up by South Dakota Review in 2011. Now, those stories are two of 12 in the novel.”
Hokeah is a regionalist Native American writer of literary fiction who is interested in capturing intertribal and multicultural aspects within two tribally specific communities: Tahlequah and Lawton. Of Kiowa, Cherokee and Hispanic descent, his roots in Lawton extended to the Hokeah and Tahsequah families, organizers of the Oklahoma Gourd Dance Club.
He holds an M.A. in English from the University of Oklahoma, with a concentration in Native American Literature. He also holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), with a minor in Indigenous Liberal Studies. Hokeah is a recipient of the Truman Capote Scholarship Award through IAIA and a winner of the Native Writer Award through the Taos Summer Writers Conference. His short stories have been published in South Dakota Review, American Short Fiction, Yellow Medicine Review, Surreal South ’09, and Red Ink Magazine.
The Visiting Writers Series is made possible by a grant from Cameron University Lectures and Concerts.
November 6, 2019