Drew Lopenzina, 40th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Drew Lopenzina


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Drew Lopenzina hails from the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts and teaches Early American and Native American literatures at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. His second book, Through an Indian's Looking Glass (University of Massachusetts Press), is a cultural biography of the Pequot writer, activist and minister William Apess, the first Native American to write and publish his own book length treatises and memoirs in the 1820's and 30's. Praise by Barry O'Connell states that Lopenzina "brings Apess nearly fully to life, which no one else, among many scholars, has. I know of no better reader of Apess's own writing." Lopenzina is also the author of Red Ink: Native Americans Picking up the Pen in the Colonial Period. His essays appear in the journals American Literature, American Quarterly, Studies in American Indian Literature, Native American and Indigenous Studies and others.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

John McManus festival Co-director, welcomed the audience to the session. McManus welcomed Jane Merritt, Associate Professor of History, Merritt introduced Drew Lopenzina who spoke first. Remica Bingham-Risher spoke second.

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