Robert Dale Parker will introduce the life and writings of Bamewawagezhikaquay/Jane Johnston Schoolcraft (1800-1842), the northern Michigan poet and fiction writer who was the first Native American literary writer.
Author Bio: Robert Dale Parker is a scholar of American literature, including Native American literature. His book The Sound the Stars Make Rushing through the Sky: The Writings of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft was selected by the Library of Michigan as a Michigan Notable Book. It includes a cultural biography of Bamewawagezhikaquay/Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, along with her poetry, fiction, and other writings. Parker has also published books about the history of Native American literature, the writings of William Faulkner and Elizabeth Bishop, and a book called How to Interpret Literature: Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies. An award-winning teacher, he is the Frank Hodgins Professor of English at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.