Dr. Deborah Miranda will be discussing her writing of memoir and history, poetry and ritual in her multiple-award winning book Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir. In Bad Indians, Miranda tells stories of her Ohlone Costanoan Esselen family as well as the experience of California Indians as a whole through oral histories, newspaper clippings, anthropological recordings, personal reflections, and poems.
Dr. Miranda is the John Lucian Smith Jr. Endowed Chair Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, where she teaches Creative Writing and Native American Literatures. Her collection Indian Cartography won the Diane Decorah First Book Award. Her poetry is widely shared in major anthologies such as The Dirt is Red Here: Art and Poetry from Native California (HeyDay Books, 2002) and The Eye of the Deer: An Anthology of Native American Women Writers (Aunt Lute, 1999).