July 24 – 28, 2024

Born and raised in the Upper Peninsula, Ronald Riekki is an award-winning short story writer, novelist, poet, playwright, and screenwriter.In his many publications he depicts a world of his Sami-Finnish-Karelian heritage and a new vision of Sami America. Tim Frandy, part of the Sámi American community (to be confirmed) will lead a conversation with Ron Riekki. Tim is a public folklorist and an Assistant Professor of Nordic Studies at the University of British Columbia, whose work centers on Indigenous communities, decolonization, education, and environments.

Presenter Bio: Ron Riekki edited the anthologies The Way North, Here, and And Here, and co-edited the anthologies Undocumented and The Many Lives of The Evil Dead. He is the author My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders (Loyola University Maryland’s press) and Posttraumatic (Small Press Distribution), and of the Ghost Road Press novel “U.P.” The novel was nominated by National Book Award winner John Casey for the Sewanee Writers’ Series. His plays have been performed in Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas, Virginia, Illinois, and New York, and he was selected as a Tennessee Williams Scholar where he studied with Arlene Hutton and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lee Blessing.