Published April 1, 2018
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS — The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is proud to host, Alice Azure, on Sunday, April 8th at 2:00 pm and the launch of her fifth book of poetry, Hunger Feast. The program begins with a poetry reading and discussion of her new work with a book signing to follow.
In her writings, Azure taps her life experience and Mi’kmaq Metis roots from the Kespu’kwitk District (Yarmouth County) of Nova Scotia. Azure spent most of her career as a community planner for the United Way and after retiring began writing in earnest. Her recent work has appeared in the anthology Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing from New England and the journals Dawnland Voices 2.0; Yellow Medicine Review, and Cream City Review. She is among the many Mi’kmaw artists, humanists, educators, lawyers and writers that are archived in the Tepi’ketuek Mi’kmaw Archives, available online at http://mikmawarchives.ca/.
Her previous work, Games of Transformation, was honored as the 2012 poetry book of the year, and Worn Cities, earned the 2015 chapbook of the year by The Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. This latest work is sure to win further praise as Marie Battiste wrote “Alice Azure has gifted us a must-read collection of poetry that is a feast of her Mi’Kmaw passion, honesty, and beauty that stirs the imagination of our past, feeds the heart and nourishes our learning spirit.”
Hunger Feast, Azure’s fifth collection of poems was edited by Terry Straus, the recipient of the Mitchell Museum’s 2017 Elizabeth Seabury Mitchell Award. Strauss commented “Alice Azure is a remarkable woman whose poetry is unfailingly honest and whose life experience is evident in every stanza. WithHunger Feast, she returns to her art after a period of intense personal loss. It is a most welcome return!”
A former Chicagoan, Azure currently lives in the St. Louis metropolitan area. She remarked “I am delighted to be launching another poetry book – Hunger Feast – from the Chicago area – this time at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. Many happy memories of my time as a member of the tribal community here are always with me.”
The program is free with regular museum admission which is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children, and free for Mitchell Museum members and Tribal members.
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of only a handful of museums in the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history, and culture of American Indian and First Nation peoples throughout the United States and Canada. In 2017, the Mitchell Museum won the Illinois Association of Museums’ Superior Award for the exhibit “Contemporary Native Women Opening Doors to Change.”
Current exhibits include: “Heritage Markers: Local Native American History and Culture,” “Native American Woven Arts,” “A+ artists Acquisitions,” “Connecting Cultures: 40 Years at the Mitchell Museum,” “Pottery: A Timeless Tradition,” “A Regional Tour of American Indian Cultures,” and “The Photographs of Edward S. Curtis.”
For more information about The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, visit www.mitchellmuseum.org, or call 847-475-1030. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.