In this eagerly anticipated volume Anishinaabekwe poet Louise K. Waakaa’igan lets us hear the “winds of flutes” even as she writes from “concrete plains” of prison. In the tradition of political prisoners Leonard Peltier and Marilyn Buck, this poet lets word fly through and beyond prison walls. A multilayered origin story, This is Where refuses to duck the contradictions of time, place, belonging. She writes, “I’m from women with the same last name / and a father/ none of us knew.”–Introduction by Becky Thompson
This is Where by Louise K. Waakaa’igan
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Louise K Waakaa’igan (Karol House) is enrolled at Odaawaa Zaaga ‘iganiing (Lac Courte Orielles Reservation) in northern Wisconsin. Louise is the recipient of the 2017 PEN Poetry Prize for her first place poem, “There is Where.” She also is the first place winner of Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop’s Broadside Competition in 2016. Louise’s work has been previously published in PEN America, 21 Mythologies; The Moon Magazine, 27th Letter, Words in Gray Scale, and Doors Adjacent. She was recently released from the Shakopee Correctional Institution in Minnesota.