A student from Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College had two written pieces chosen for top entries for the 2022 Tribal College Journal (TCJ) student creative writing contest.
TCJ is a national, nonprofit media organization operated by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium that has covered the news, newsmakers, and issues of the tribal college movement for over 30 years.
The winner for the creative writing contest was announced by TCJ Student guest editor, author, and Minnesota’s poet laureate Gwen Westerman (Cherokee/Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota).
“These entries are as diverse and as beautiful as our peoples,” Westerman said. “It is a brave act to send their writing out into the world, and I am proud of all these students for sharing the words with us.”
From Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Elisa Grossman has a top nonfiction entry with her written piece ‘Unravel’ and a top poetry entry for her poem ‘Wiingashk: Body, Mind, and Spirit.’
Other top entries includes:
- ‘Crazy Little Deer’ by Candice Joy Craig of College of the Muscogee Nation
- ‘Does It Hurt?’ by Brandon Bombardier of the Institute of American Indian Arts
- ‘The Drum’ by Kamella Bird-Romero of the Institute of American Indian Arts
- ‘Between the Canyon Walls’ by Danelle Jishie of Tohono O’odham Community College
- ‘Pandemic Moon’ by Kamella Bird-Romero of the Institute of American Indian Arts
- ‘Belts’ by Kamella Bird-Romero of the Institute of American Indian Arts
- ‘Poetry’ by Ronnie Largo of Navajo Technical University
TCJ Student also recognizes students who earned honorable mention. They include: Edwin Dale Harris of Oglala Lakota College for fiction; Ava Carpentier of Leech Lake Tribal College, Neal Hogan of Aaniiih Nakoda College, Sheryl Kleinsasser of Oglala Lakota College, and Shantel Chee of the Institute of American Indian Arts for nonfiction; and Sareya Taylor of the Institute of American Indian Arts and Ibe Liebenberg of the Institute of American Indian Arts for poetry.
“Despite the pandemic and incredible challenges that TCU students have faced these past few years, we had a near record-breaking number of entries this year,” said Bradley Shreve, editor of the Tribal College Journal. “A big ‘thank you’ to all the students who participated—and to their professors who encouraged them and facilitated the submission process.”
The winning students and those earning honorable mention will be published in the 2022 edition of TCJ Student and/or online at TCJStudent.org.
Tribal College Journal also extended the deadline to accept submissions to its art and film contest through April 10 as they partner with Indigeverse. For contest guidelines and more information, visit: https://tcjstudent.org/contest/.