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Shonda Buchanan Presents: BLACK INDIAN

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Meet author Shonda Buchanan and her new memoir, Black Indian.

Tracing the arduous migration of Mixed Bloods, or Free People of Color, from the Southeast to the Midwest in this powerful memoir, Buchanan tells the story of her Michigan tribe—a comedic yet manically depressed family of fierce women, who were everything from caretakers and cornbread makers to poets and witches, and men who were either ignored, protected, imprisoned, or maimed—and how their lives collided over love, failure, fights, and prayer despite a stacked deck of challenges, including addiction and abuse. Ultimately, Buchanan’s nomadic people endured a collective identity crisis after years of constantly straddling two, then three, races.

Award-winning poet and educator Shonda Buchanan (1968) was born in Kalamazoo. Her first book of poetry, Who's Afraid of Black Indians?, was nominated for the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the Library of Virginia Book Awards. Literary Editor of Harriet Tubman Press, her second collection of poetry, Equipoise: Poems from Goddess Country was published by San Francisco Bay Press. Shonda's poetry and essays have been featured in numerous anthologies. Shonda is currently completing a novel and a collection of poetry about the iconic singer, concert pianist and Civil Rights activist, Nina Simone.

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