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Roots Radical Book Club – Part 2

May 23, 6:30 pm8:00 pm

Join us for a two-part guided exploration into contemporary Indigenous literature. Led by local poet and professor Crisosto Apache.

Meeting: Tuesday, May 23, 6:30-8 pm MST at RedLine Contemporary Art Center.

Book: Sovereign Bones: New Native American Writing Vol II, edited by Eric Gansworth.

About the Book

“This book continues the conversation that Genocide of the Mind gives. It addresses forced assimilation and acculturation. What would an eradicated culture look like if it hadn’t been erased?

“A lot of the writers in this book are Louise Erdrich and Heid Erdrich are fantastic writers to experience. This second part book club will encourage participants to take time to compare our assumptions around the indigenous experience.

“What did we believe prior to reading, and what will we learn as we read? To understand the antecedent of what Indigeneity really is.”

– Crisosto Apache, Roots Radical Book Club Leader

About Crisosto Apache

Crisosto Apache is from Mescalero, New Mexico (US), on the Mescalero Apache Reservation. They currently live in the Denver metro area in Colorado with their spouse.

They are Mescalero Apache, Chiricahua Apache, and Diné (Navajo) of the ‘Áshįįhí (Salt Clan) born for the Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House Clan) and are Assistant Professor of English at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and is also the Associate Poetry Editor for the Offing Magazine. They hold an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Crisosto’s debut collection is GENESIS (Lost Alphabet). Their most recent poetry collection is Ghostword (Gnashing Teeth Publication).

About “Roots Radical”

Every year, RedLine hosts exhibitions within a social justice-focused Exhibition Program.

Our 2022-2023 Exhibition Program is titled “Roots Radical: An Exploration into Indigenous Ancestry and Experience.”


May 23
6:30 pm—8:00 pm
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RedLine Contemporary Art Center
2350 Arapahoe Street
Denver, CO 80205-2613 United States
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