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Pop-up: Theodore C. Van Alst Jr.

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 11:15 am - 11:30 am PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his short story collection, Sacred Smokes

Van Alst is paired with the artwork Looking for America by Hank Willis Thomas; found in the 1st floor of the Hank Willis Thomas special exhibit. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


Growing up in a gang in the city can be dark. Growing up Native American in a gang in Chicago is a whole different story. This book takes a trip through that unexplored part of Indian Country, an intense journey that is full of surprises, shining a light on the interior lives of people whose intellectual and emotional concerns are often overlooked. This dark, compelling, occasionally inappropriate, and often hilarious linked story collection introduces a character who defies all stereotypes about urban life and Indians. He will be in readers’ heads for a long time to come.

Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr.

Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. is Associate Professor and Director of Indigenous Nations Studies at the Portland State University. He is co-editor and Creative Editor for Transmotion (an on-line journal of postmodern indigenous studies). His short story collection about sort of growing up in Chicago, Sacred Smokes, was published in August of 2018 by the University of New Mexico Press. His fiction and photography have been published in The Rumpus, Entropy, The Raven ChroniclesElectric Literature, High Desert Journal, Yellow Medicine ReviewUnnerving Magazine, and Indian Country Today, among others.
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