Winter 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 1 IntroductionJanuary 1, 2010 |

A Conversation with Simon Ortiz

Poet and critic Janet McAdams interviews Simon Ortiz, guest editor of this special issue of The Kenyon Review devoted to work by North American indigenous authors. Janet McAdams: So many misunderstandings exist about Native people, history, and culture. Given that some readers of The Kenyon Review may be new to Native writing, what might surprise them in this issue? What might be challenging or revelatory? Simon Ortiz: There are many misunderstandings about Indigenous peoples, their history, and their culture. Actually, that's a vast understatement! And more, actually, than an understatement, so much so that it's funny! Except that it's not really funny. Paul Chaat Smith, a Comanche writer and cultural arts critic, recently published a book called Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong! A comical but deadly book, that kind of funny! Many Americans do not know what is the right, correct, actual, and true knowledge of Indigenous peoples of the Americas. To them, even th

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Janet McAdams’s books include The Island of Lost Luggage (University of Arizona Press, 2000), which won the American Book Award, Feral (Salt Modern Poets, UK, 2007), Red Weather (University of Arizona, 2012), and a chapbook of prose poems, Seven Boxes for the Country After (Kent State University Press, 2016).

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