Her new novel, "Kind of Kin," was published by Ecco Press in January 2013 and in the UK by Atlantic Books in August.
Dustin Mater, award-winning artist and Graphic Arts Coordinator for the Chickasaw Nation Arts & Humanities Division, will also speak on Friday, April 25 at 11 a.m. Mater grew up in Ada and is a member of the Chickasaw Nation. He studied art and design at Santa Monica College and the Multimedia Institute of Hollywood from 2000-2004.
He first became an active illustrator and graphic designer in Los Angeles, and he continued his career as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer in 2007 in Dallas, Texas.
In 2009, Mater began work on illustrations and designs for the Chickasaw Nation’s world premiere performance of Lowak Shoppala’ (Fire and Light), a multi-movement theatric work depicting different aspects of Chickasaw history and culture. Included in the original script of that production was the story of "Spider Brings Fire."
As a result of that project, he began to create numerous artistic images that brought "Spider Brings Fire" to life, rekindling a close connection with his tribal heritage and his love for visual arts.
In November 2011, his mixed media sculpture, "Birdman Rising," and his etched glass vase, "Nesting Eagle," were showcased in the Chikasha Poya exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
In 2012, Pendleton Blankets selected his design, "Spring," as the 2012 "Legendary Blanket." Mater is the first southeastern tribal member to be a part of this prestigious collection.
The Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium was established by the faculty of the SSC Language Arts and Humanities Division in the spring of 2011 as a free, fully-accessible celebration of Oklahoma creative expression, in all of its diverse forms.