Tiffany reads her poem Savage Ghazal on this episode. Jana and Tiffany talk about her point of view in her writing, clowning on the colonizer gaze. They discuss the horrible, sad stories that Native people carry and how comedy and humor create levity and lightness, a veil for fury as Tiffany says. Jana asks Tiffany to discuss the world of Native Lit for women both in the past and present and how the industry has changed, progressed and opened up to Native authors. The women discuss the concept of gatekeeping in their respective industries and how exposing abusive men in these industries opens up the playing field for women and underrepresented voices, nuanced stories.
Tiffany’s ONE COOL THING is the writer and scholar Devon Mihesua, a Choctaw woman who discusses Indigenous food recovery and food sovereignty. Read Tiffany’s in McSweeny’s article and purchase her newly released book of essays, Bury My Heart at Chucky Cheese’s! Follow Tiffany on Twitter @tiffanymidge!