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MLN Virtual Program: Thunderous, with Natalie Peeterse and ML Smoker
Thunderous is a children's graphic novel written by Mandy Smoker Broaddus and Natalie Peeterse, grounded in contemporary Indigenous experiences while also centering traditional Lakota ways of knowing, language and identity. The authors will share highlights of how the book came to life and read a selection.

Mandy Smoker Broaddus Bio:
Mandy Smoker Broaddus is a member of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana. She has served at as an K-12 educator and administrator and tribal college instructor. She also worked as the Indian education director for the state of Montana for ten years and is currently employed by the non-profit, Education Northwest as a Senior Advisor for Native Education and Culturally Responsive Practice. She serves as an appointee by President Obama on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, and she holds an MFA from the University of Montana in Missoula.

Natalie Peeterse Bio:
Natalie Peeterse is the co-author of the graphic novel Thunderous. Her poetry chapbook Black Birds : Blue Horse, An Elegy won the Gold Line Press Poetry Prize in 2011. A second poetry chapbook, Dreadful : Luminosity, Letters, was published by Educe Press in the spring of 2017. She was included in I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights (Lost Horse Press), and several other anthologies. She has an MFA from the University of Montana and has been a fellow with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a participant at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, an artist in residence at the Caldera Institute, a participant in the 2018 US Poets in Mexico in Merida, Yucatan and most recently a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington’s Whiteley Center at the Friday Harbor Laboratories. She is a recipient of the 2013 Artist Innovation Award by the Montana Arts Council. She lives in Helena, Montana where she works on Open Country Press.

Mar 9, 2023 06:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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