Poetry. Native American Studies. CHAOS INSIDE THUNDERSTORMS draws the audience into the centre of the tumultuous political, socio/economical and historical reality of the First Nations experience in Canada today. It is poetic expression that examines leadership, resilience, honour, shame, and love. It examines the issues implicit in the Idle No More Movement and the Truth and Reconciliation conferences. Although the book speaks of age-old themes, it explores them through fresh modern eyes. Eloquent and witty, these poems are power-packed with imagery that uncovers the raw politics of race. There is nothing polite about them. Like his two previous collections of poems, CHAOS INSIDE THUNDERSTORMS is candid and challenging. More importantly, it is thought-provoking and engaging.
Garry Gottfriedson, from the Secwepemc nation (Shuswap), was born, raised and lives in Kamloops, B.C. Growing up on a ranch in a ranching and rodeo family, he has been fully immersed in his people's traditions and spirituality. He comes from four generations of horse people. His passion for horses, raising and training them, still continues to this day. He holds a Master of Education from Simon Fraser University and has studied Creative Writing at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. His published works include 100 Years of Contact (SCES, 1990); In Honour of Our Grandmothers (Theytus, 1994); Glass Tepee (Thistledown, 2002, and nominated for First People's Publishing Award 2004); Painted Pony (Partners in Publishing, 2005); WHISKEY BULLETS (Ronsdale, 2006, and Anskohk Aboriginal Award finalist); SKIN LIKE MINE (Ronsdale, 2010, and shortlisted for Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry); Jimmy Tames Horses (Kegedonce, 2012); CHAOS INSIDE THUNDERSTORMS (Ronsdale, 2014); DEAF HEAVEN (Ronsdale, 2016), CLINGING TO BONE (Ronsdale, 2019). His works have been anthologized both nationally and internationally. He has read from his work across Canada and in the USA, Europe and Asia.
Author City: Kamloops, BC CAN