quinebaug valley community college

Julius Sokenu Poetry Awards 2018

QVCC’s annual poetry contest!

Award Ceremony: April 25, 4:30-7:30pm


We anticipate rain, so we will celebrate at Windham Middle School, 123 Quarry St, Willimantic.

Schedule:     4:30 Refreshments     5:00 Award Ceremony

Joseph Bruchac
Photo credit: Eric Jenks

Joseph Bruchac: Storyteller & Writer

Joseph Bruchac, the author of more than 120 books for children and adults, will be our honored guest at the 11th Annual Julius Sokenu Poetry Awards program.  Mr. Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies and music that reflect his Native American heritage and traditions for over forty years. He has received numerous honors for his work, including the American Book Award, the Boston Globe Book Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship for Poetry, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. His poems, articles, and stories have appeared in over 500 publications, from American Poetry Review, Cricket and Aboriginal Voices to National Geographic, Parabola and Smithsonian Magazine.

Bruchac resides in in the Adirondack foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, in the same house where his maternal grandparents raised him. He, his younger sister Margaret, and his two grown sons, James and Jesse, continue to work extensively in projects involving the preservation of Abenaki culture, language and traditional Native skills, including performing traditional and contemporary Abenaki music with the Dawnland Singers.