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Tributaries is part of the award-winning series Sun Tracks, which was launched in 1971 to focus on the creative works of Native Americans.

Laura Da' Wins American Book Award for Poetry

The Before Columbus Foundation announced the winners of the Thirty-Seventh Annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS, and Laura Da’ received the award for her poetry collection, Tributaries, which was published in Spring 2015 by the University of Arizona Press.

Tributaries lyrically surveys Shawnee history alongside personal identity and memory. With the eye of a storyteller, poet Da’ creates an arc that flows from the personal to the historical and back again. With narrative content from the period of Indian Removal in the 1830s to the present, the collection is composed of four sections that come together to create an important new telling of Shawnee past and present.

The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.  The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions. There are no categories, no nominees, and therefore no losers. The award winners range from well-known and established writers to under-recognized authors and first works. There are no quotas for diversity, the winners list simply reflects it as a natural process. The Before Columbus Foundation views American culture as inclusive and has always considered the term “multicultural” to be not a description of various categories, groups, or “special interests,” but rather as the definition of all of American literature. The Awards are not bestowed by an industry organization, but rather are a writers’ award given by other writers.
The 2016 American Book Award winners will be formally recognized on Sunday, October 30th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the SF Jazz Center, Joe Henderson Lab, 201 Franklin Street (at Fell), San Francisco, CA. This event is open to the public.

Congratulations to all the winners. See the complete list here.


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