Meskwaki poet Ray Young Bear was recently featured on the Talk of Iowa radio show that’s part of Iowa Public Radio (NPR). Young Bear spoke with host Charity Nebbe about some recent and soon to be published works as well as some of his background as a poet.
Young Bear’s essay titled “The Summer of 1969: Children of Speakthunder” along with three contemporary poems and two Meskwaki word-songs were just released by Tupelo Press as part of a paperback anthology titled “Native Voices: Indigenous American Poetry, Craft and Conversations”.
Additionally, he has two poems set to be published this month in the Iowa Review, a literary magazine produced three times each year by the University of Iowa. 2019 marks Young Bear’s third appearance in the U of I publication.
You can hear the radio interview on the Iowa Public Radio website or at the link below.
Young Bear also discussed his recent published works with the Toledo Chronicle for a feature that ran in their newspaper in mid-March.
Lastly, back in January of this year Young Bear was interviewed and featured in Belt Magazine, a literary-focused digital publication from Cleveland, OH.