Indian Radio Days author to visit USD

Indian Radio Days author to visit USD Leanne Howe, co-author of Indian Radio Days with the late Roxy Gordon, will visit The University of South Dakota Oct. 24 and 25 to participate in a number of classes and activities surrounding USD Theatre's production of the play.

Indian Radio Days will be in performance Oct. 25-29 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. in the Knutson Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

Howe, who is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, has authored plays, legal essays, film scripts for public television documentaries, and fiction. Her short stories have appeared in literary journals such as Story, Callaloo, Fiction International, and Cimarron Review. Most recently, Blood Sacrifice appeared in the new anthology Through the Eye of the Deer, an Aunt Lute Book publication.

Her fiction appears in more than 10 anthologies including What's Fun Gotta Do With It, which highlights humorous works by Arthur Miller, Tom Wolfe, Dorothy Parker, Mark Twain, and Amy Tan. This year, she will be writing the text for the permanent exhibit about Choctaw creation stories for the National Museum for the American Indian in Washington, DC, slated to open in 2002.

Howe, who has taught at Grinnell College (IA), Carleton College (Northfield, MN), and the University of Iowa, has also lectured and given readings of her works throughout the United States and in Japan, Jordan and Romania. She will join the faculty of the English Department at Wake Forest University (NC) in the spring of 2001.

While on campus, Howe will visit classes in the English department and American Indian studies program. A public lecture/reading will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 25 in Farber Hall of Old Main. She will also attend the opening night performance of Indian Radio Days and participate in a post-show discussion of the play with members of the cast, artistic team, and audience. A public reception and ceremony honoring her will follow in the lobby of Fine Arts.

Tickets to Indian Radio Days are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and youth, and $1 for USD students with ID. Tickets go on sale beginning Oct. 16. For reservations, call (605) 677-5400.

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