September 2, 2020
Launched in 1971, Sun Tracks was one of the first publishing programs to focus exclusively on the creative works of Native Americans. The series has included more than eighty volumes of poetry, prose, art, and photography by distinguished artists.
This week, we are featuring our recent Sun Tracks titles— a variety of stunning collections by Indigenous poets. Use the code AZSUNTRACKS20 to receive 30% off all Sun Tracks titles through 9/15/2020.
Horsefly Dress is a meditation on the experience and beauty of suffering. Rich in the imagery of autumnal foliage, migrating birds, and frozen landscapes, Heather Cahoon’s collection calls forth the sensory experience of grief and metamorphosis. The transformative powers associated with the human experience of loss belong to the past, present, and future, as do the traditional Séliš and Qĺispé stories that create the backbone of these intricate poems.
Get an in-depth look at Horsefly Dress by reading an interview with poet and scholar Heather Cahoon here.
Our Bearings is a collection of narrative poetry that examines and celebrates Anishinaabe life in modern Minneapolis. The poems offer a beautifully layered discourse between landscapes, stories, and the people who inhabit them. Through keen observation and a deep understanding of Native life in Minneapolis, poet and scholar Molly McGlennen has created a timely collection, which contributes beautifully to the important conversation about contemporary urban Native life in North America and globally.
Watch a virtual poetry reading with Molly McGlennen, Casandra López, and Laura Da’ here, then read an interview with McGlennen here, and watch her read a poem from Our Bearings here.
Aurum is a fiercely original poetry collection that reveals the marginalized and estranged Native American experience in the wake of industrial progress. With unforgettable imagery and haunting honesty, these poems are powerfully resonant.
Read an interview with Santee Frazier about Aurum here, and explore his previous collection with us, Dark Thirty, here.
Speaking to both a personal and collective loss, in Brother Bullet Casandra López confronts her relationships with violence, grief, trauma, guilt, and, ultimately, survival. Revisiting the memory and lasting consequences of her brother’s murder, López traces the course of the bullet—its trajectory, impact, wreckage—in poems that are paralyzing and raw with emotion, yet tender and alive in revelations of light.
Watch a virtual poetry reading with Molly McGlennen, Casandra López, and Laura Da’ here, then read a Los Angeles Review of Books interview with López here.
When it was first released in 1982, When It Rains was one of the earliest published literary works in the O’odham language. Speakers from across generations shared poems that showcased the aesthetic of the written word and aimed to spread interest in reading and writing in O’odham. When It Rains is an intuitive poetry collection that shows us how language connects people. With the poems in both O’odham and English, the volume serves as a reminder of the beauty and changeability of the O’odham language.
Read Ofelia Zepeda’s new foreword here.
Instruments of the True Measure charts the coordinates and intersections of land, history, and culture. Lyrical passages map the parallel lives of ancestral figures and connect dispossessions of the past to lived experiences of the present.
Watch a virtual poetry reading with Molly McGlennen, Casandra López, and Laura Da’ here, and read an interview with Laura Da’ here.