SkyWords program welcomes author Tommy Orange

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SkyWords program welcomes author Tommy Orange

Fort Lewis College resumes Common Reading Experience

SkyWords program welcomes author Tommy Orange

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Who is Tommy Orange?

Tommy Orange, 39, was born and raised in Oakland, California, the son of a Native father and white mother. According to a New York Times interview, he never felt Native enough or white enough.
After being given a guitar for his 18th birthday, he pursued music and studied sound art in college. Graduating in 2004, he hoped for a career in the movie industry, but it didn’t pan out. After a variety of jobs, including clerking in a bookstore, Orange plunged into serious reading and the possibility of a career as a writer. That turn, presumably, led to the graduate writing program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
IAIA has become an important platform for Native voices, what some literary critics have deemed a Native Renaissance. Standing on the shoulders of established Indigenous writers like Louise Erdrich and Leslie Marmon Silko, Orange and his IAIA colleagues have already established a new platform for exploring what life is like for urban American Indians.
Judith Reynolds

If you go

WHAT: Fort Lewis College SkyWords Visiting Writers Series and Common Reading Experience, Brian Twenter on Indigenous Literatures.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday.

Where: Online at

Tickets: Free.


What: An evening with author Tommy Orange for CRE.

When: 6 p.m. March 30.

Where/Tickets: Free online but must register:


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