Native American Poetry Series | Friday Nights at the de Young

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Native American Poetry Series organized by Kim Shuck, featuring readings by Q. R. Hand Jr.., Duane BigEagle, and John Berry, with Wally Oji Johnson on flute.

Q. R. Hand Jr.
Q. R. Hand Jr. is a legendary African American and Cherokee poet who moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from New York City about 40 years ago. First published in the 1968 classic Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing, he is the author of three poetry books, I Speak to the Poet in Man, How Sweet It Is, and Whose Really Blues: New & Selected Poems. He is also a member of the Wordwind Chorus, a Bay Area quartet that has performed poetry with jazz for over 20 years. He and other original members Reginald Lockett, Brian Auerbach, and Lewis Jordan recorded the CD We Are of the Saying in 2000.

Duane BigEagle
Duane BigEagle is a poet who has taught creative writing since 1976 with the California Poets in the Schools program. He has also taught at the college level since 1989 in the Native American Studies programs at San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, and College of Marin.  He has received several awards for his poetry, including the W. A. Gerbode Poetry Award in 1993.  Duane BigEagle is also a cultural activist, a traditional American Indian singer, and an Osage Southern Straight traditional dancer.     

John D. Berry
Of Cherokee, Choctaw, Scots-Irish, and German descent, John D. Berry is a librarian at UC Berkeley and a widely published poet, with pieces in such anthologies as From the Flint Hills, a collection of works by Cherokee writers, edited by Cherokees. He is also an active member of the Cherokee Society of the Greater Bay Area.

Wally Oji Johnson
Wally Oji Johnson has been playing the flute and performing throughout the Bay Area for 15 years. With two CDs and over 100 performances—including with the Phoenix Spring Ensemble, Judith Kajiwara, and Berkeley’s Indigenous Peoples' Day Pow Wow—he has been able to develop a unique style of solo flute-playing. 

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No reservations are needed for the series. It is first come, first seated. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tonight's public programs are free. Tickets are required to view the permanent collection or special exhibitions.

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