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This Is Where by Louise K. Waakaa’igan
In this eagerly anticipated volume Anishinaabekwe poet Louise K. Waakaa’igan lets us hear the “winds of flutes” even as she writes from “concrete plains” of prison. In the tradition of political prisoners Leonard Peltier and Marilyn Buck, this poet lets word fly through and beyond prison walls. A multilayered origin story, This is Where refuses to duck the contradictions of time, place, belonging. She writes, “I’m from women with the same last name / and a father/ none of us knew.”–Introduction by Becky Thompson.
Louise K. Waakaa’igan is enrolled at Odaawaa Zaaga ‘iganiing (Lac Courte Orielles Reservation) in northern Wisconsin. Louise is the recipient of the 2917 PEN Poetry Prize for her first-place poem, “This is Where.” She is also the first-place winner of the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop’s Broadside Competition (2016). Louise’s work has been previously publishe in PEN America, 21 Mythologies, The Moon Magazine, 27th Letter, Words in Gray Seale, and Doors Adjacent. She was released in early 2020 from the Shakopee Correctional Institution in Minnesota.
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