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In his twelfth poetry collection, Adrian Louis slays Indian Country's centuries-old demons and confronts his own grief upon losing his wife to Alzheimers, revealing a writer at his peak and a poet unafraid to take chances. There is room for misinterpretation; his diction is as clear-cut as a logged forest.
In Archaeology , Louis writes about the Anglo invasion of Indian Country and its loss of Native traditions, language, and history. In Savage Sunsets , he writes candidly about his wife's battle with Alzheimers and how the disease steals away their waning days together. As the sun sets on his wife's life and on Indian Country, Louis remains stalwart, a bold emissary who has lived to tell.
Adrian C. Louis is from northern Nevada and is an enrolled member of the Lovelock Paiute Tribe. Louis, who holds an MFA from Brown University, has taught at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. A former newspaper man and founding member of the Native American Journalists Association, Louis has authored short stories in Wild Indians and Other Creatures, an award-winning novel, Skins, and ten books of poetry, including Among the Dog Eaters and Fire Water World by West End Press. His poetry collection Logorrhea was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.