Red Letters: Print Culture, Alternative Presses, and the Rise of Contemporary Native American Poetry, 1968-1984


ACLS Fellowship Program




This project explores the formation and rise of contemporary Native American poetry during its most crucial early moments, the years between 1968-1984, using the material form of the poetry chapbook as its site of interrogation. The creation, production, and dissemination of these chapbooks, many of them published by Native-run small alternative presses during the Red Power years, led to new publishing opportunities for Native poets. The chapbooks became an assertion of Native identity in a time when non-Native editors and compilers were attempting to define and control "Native-ness."