Arcadia Art Share: Hutchison on Native American Poetry, Sherman Alexie

By Purnell T. Cropper | May 24, 2011

In the latest installment of Arcadia Art Share, Ellie Hutchison ’10,11M reads Sherman Alexie’s poem “Avian Nights.” Hutchison, who graduated May 19 with a Master of Education in Special Education, first discovered Alexie’s work while a student in the Contemporary Moment course taught by Dr. Richard Wertime, Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies in English and the Humanities.

Hutchison examined Alexie’s work for her Thesis project “Euphony and Cacophony in Sherman Alexie’s War Dances.” She had the opportunity to meet Alexie after he read at the Philadelphia Free Library in March, where she gave him a copy of her thesis paper and a mixtape (something he talks about regularly and even wrote an “ode” for). Alexie,  a renowned Native American poet and short-story writer, has received many awards for his work including the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and a National Book Award.

Want more Art Share? Check out some of the other installments in the series.

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