Ten new and forthcoming books give voice to a variety of indigenous experiences.


Gwen Benaway. Book*hug, Apr.

Anishinaabe and Métis poet Benaway addresses the transfeminine experience and the legacy of colonialism in her fourth collection.

The Death of Sitting Bear

N. Scott Momaday. Harper, out now

Spanning nearly 50 years, this volume gathers more than 200 new and selected poems by Pulitzer Prize–winner Momaday, a member of the Kiowa tribe.

Field Notes for the Self

Randy Lundy. Univ. of Regina, out now

With an eye to the natural world, Lundy, a member of the Barren Lands (Cree) Nation, considers the inherited violence committed against his indigenous ancestors.

A History of Kindness

Linda Hogan. Torrey House, Apr.

Chickasaw writer Hogan (Dark. Sweet.) examines memory and the natural world, exploring the body, family, and ecology in her 10th collection.

Little Big Bully

Heid E. Erdrich. Penguin Books, Oct.

Written from the perspective of an Ojibwe woman, these long-lined poems by Native poet Erdrich survey the effects of sustained persecution and subjugation.

Postcolonial Love Poem

Natalie Diaz. Graywolf, out now

In what PW’s starred review called an “exquisite, electrifying collection,” Diaz interrogates America’s violent past and looks unflinchingly at the statistics related to marginalized groups living in the U.S. today. (See PW’s q&a with Diaz, “Broken and Beautiful.” )



Marie-Andrée Gill, trans. from the French by Kristen Renee Miller. Book*hug, Apr.

Ilnu poet Andrée-Gill’s book follows a teenage protagonist/alter ego coming of age in the ’90s, exploring adolescence as well as imperialism and colonization.

When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through

Edited by Joy Harjo. Norton, Aug.

In this anthology, Harjo, U.S. poet laureate and member of the Muscogee Nation, gathers the work of more than 160 poets across nearly 100 indigenous nations.

Words like Thunder

Lois Beardslee. Wayne State Univ., Apr.

Ojibwe author Beardslee writes on Native people around the Great Lakes, exploring subjects like climate change and socioeconomic equality.

Yáamay: An Anthology of Southern California

Indigenous Women, Great Oak Press, Apr.

This anthology features poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art by Native American women from California tribes.

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