LINDA RODRIGUEZ, author of award-winning poetry and prose, published her third book of poetry with Mammoth! 88 pages $16.00 ISBN Perfect-bound paper 978-1-939301-66-6           Pre-order now for discount! $10.00 (plus shipping ) Kansas residents: Click this for tax Others outside the land of Oz click this    

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Dark Sister: Poems gives voice to the living presence of Cherokee teachings and history, passed down through Linda Rodriguez’s family. Rodriguez, author of the exciting Cherokee detective series featuring Skeet Bannion (St. Martin’s/Minotaur Press), turns to family stories and memory for her third book of poetry. She testifies about the borderlands that still exist between Cherokee people and heirs of Andrew Jackson’s soldiers; between Americans and their British Isles forebears; and between the frontera of Mexico and southern plains states of the United States. She spares no quarter as she remembers history and its embodiment in the present. She tells compelling stories about the last Beloved Woman, Trickster, and other traditional figures with the sure hand of an oral storyteller and with the lyrical intensity of a skilled poet. In Dark Sister, the ageless Cherokee language and Spanish blend with English to explain the complexities of life as a mixed-blood woman in the 21st century. This accessible book appeals to adults and young adult audiences with family stories, love stories, just-so stories, and more.

 “I want to say so much about Rodriguez’s poetic gifts. What talent! The most accomplished poet of our generation. A poetic voice for our time.” ~Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless Me, Ultima and Albuquerque


  • I am the dark sister,
  • the one with scars,
  • broken and mended.
  • I am the dream sister,
  • trailing shreds of night,
  • a herald foreshadowing.
  • I am the witch sister,
  • singing to the winds,
  • conjuring a storm.
  • I am the crow sister,
  • the disgraced one,
  • free of owners.
  • I am that sister,
  • stripped of layers of pride and shame,
  • become glowing cinder in the palm of a hand.

For her previous books of poetry, Skin Hunger (Scapegoat Press) and Heart’s Migration (Tia Chucha Press), Linda Rodriguez has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence, the Midwest Voices and Visions Award, the Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award, the 2011 and 2014 ArtsKC Fund Inspiration Awards, and Ragdale and Macondo fellowships. Rodriguez has edited four anthologies, most recently The World Is One Place: Native American Poets Visit the Middle East, co-edited with Diane Glancy. Her poetry has appeared in many national and regional journals and on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress, and New Letters on the Air. Rodriguez is past chair of the AWP Indigenous/Aboriginal American Writer’s Caucus, a founding board member of Latino Writers Collective and The Writers Place, and a member of Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers and Kansas City Cherokee Community. Her three novels have received critical recognition and awards, and one of her short stories has been optioned for film.