This year’s Indigenous Writer in Residence, Thomas Parrie (Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb in west Louisiana), presents on his current collection of short stories. The project, Aztec Sandwiches, is a semi-autobiographical tale of an extended family’s quirks, adventures, victories and defeats through a humorous and often surreal narrative that is a testament to cultural survival.
A reception to meet the artist will take place immediately following the presentation.
Talking about his project, Parrie says:
“I like to laugh. I like to get out those gut-busters. I think, at least in my experience, media that focuses on Native Americans often does so with an eye for creating victims or obeys certain stereotypes. What I want to read is a story that doesn’t do that. I know there are writers who use humor to deliver anger and pain, and I would like to contribute my story that way. A book that is funny and scary and serious? That’s the book I want to write. Although Aztec Sandwiches will hopefully be funny, I also want it to contain moments of terror, doubt, bad decisions, romance, and a bit of the bizarre—all the right ingredients to an honest experience.”
Generous support provided by Lannan Foundation.