From: Richie Swanson
Richie Swanson’s newest Mississippi River fiction is forthcoming from heart: human equity through art, http://heartjournalonline.com. The painter Seth Eastman, his Mdewakanton wife Stands Sacred, his daughter Great Spirit Woman and his grandson Charles Eastman inspired Indian Pictures, which begins at Wapahasha’s Prairie and occurs circa 1850-1890.
Sunstone Press, an award-winning independent publisher since 1971, has released First Territory, Richie’s novel about a 16-year-old translator in love with a Yakama girl during the 1855 Walla Walla Treaty Council and 1856 Yakama War in the Pacific Northwest.
Richie’s short story The Howls behind the Waves currently resides at SNReview, www.snreview.org. The journal is named for Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night. The Howls features a young girl on the Oregon coast circa 1906. She dreams her own mythologies, adopting a tufted puffin as a spirit bird. She also greatly complicates an anthropologist’s interview with one of the last Indians who had lived before white settlement on the Oregon coast.
An excerpt of First Territory and also river fictions (The One above the Bottoms, River Sun Warbers etc) republished from journals are at www.RichieSwanson.com.