CORVALLIS, Ore. – Noted Native American author and storyteller Joseph Bruchac will perform in Corvallis on Thursday, May 9, and then give a talk the following day at Oregon State University’s new Native American Longhouse. Both events are free and open to the public.
Bruchac will perform “Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Music,” on May 9 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. His talk at the longhouse on Friday, May 10, “Seeing Nature through a Native American Language,” begins at 3 p.m.
He is the author of more than 120 books for adults and children, including the best-selling “Keepers of the Earth” series (with Michael Caduto), which uses traditional American Indian stories to teach science. There are more than one million copies in print.
Bruchac is founder and executive director of the Greenfield Review Literary Center and The Greenfield Review Press. He has edited a number of anthologies of contemporary poetry and fiction, including “Songs from this Earth on Turtle's Back” and “Breaking Silence,” which won an American Book Award.
His work as an educator includes three years of volunteer teaching in Ghana and 12 years at Skidmore College, where he taught English and directed a college program inside a maximum security prison.
As a professional teller of the traditional tales of the Adirondacks and the native peoples of the Northeastern woodlands, Bruchac has performed widely in Europe and throughout the United States. He has been featured at the British Storytelling Festival and the National Storytelling Festival.
In advance of his Corvallis visit, Bruchac will be writer-in-residence for the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, which is co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word and the U.S. Forest Service. His May 9 performance is co-sponsored with the Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.
For more information, call 541-737-6198, or go online to http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/