If Aiyana hears one more traditional Lakota story, she'll scream! More interested in her social media presence than her Native American heritage, Aiyana is shocked when she suddenly finds herself in the magical Spirit World-with no cell coverage! Pursued by the evil trickster Raven, Aiyana struggles to get back home, but is helped by friends and allies she meets along the way. Her dangerous journey through the Spirit World tests her fortitude and challenges her to embrace her Lakota roots. But will it be enough to defeat the cruel and powerful Raven? This Independent Bookstore Day Exclusive will include an exclusive poster with a poem by M. L. Smoker.
Mandy Smoker Broaddus belongs to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana. She is Montana's current Poet Laureate. Smoker Broaddus currently works for the Office of Public Instruction as the Director of Indian Education. She was also recently appointed to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education by President Barack Obama. She has published one collection of poems, Another Attempt at Rescue (Hanging Loose Press, 2005). She has also served as a writer and consultant on the PBS documentaries Before There Were Parks and Indian Relay (which earned her a regional Emmy award).
Natalie Peeterse has an MFA from the University of Montana. Her chapbook Black Birds: Blue Horse, An Elegy won the Gold Line Press Poetry Prize in 2011. A second 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 been a participant at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, an artist in residence at the Caldera Institute, and a participant in the 2018 US Poets in Mexico in Merida. She lives in Helena, Montana where she works on Open Country Press.