Ray Young Bear is writing a new book of poetry for publication in 2014. Ray writes he has "40 years of "word collecting" and still enjoys it each time he is published.
The new work, entitled "Manifestation Wolverine," will be accompanied by illustrations by Julie Russell-Steuart, owner-operator of Caveworks Press & Studio, Grundy Center.
The work by Young Bear is described as contemporary Meskwaki poetry. Russell-Steuart, who publishes by using a letterpress will also include hand binding.
Ray Young Bear
The project has been awarded an $1,800 Iowa Arts Council Major Grant.
Young Bear wrote "With the past 12 years focused on being an adoptive parent of six kids, finding time to write contemporary poems was becoming a rare event.
"Often, though, when I couldn't wrestle inspiration onto the canoe at daybreak, I'd go outside with a hand drum and make songs for family members. Having such a cultural outlet was nice because those word-songs are new being translated from Meskwaki to English and added to Manifestation Wolverine..."
A selection from the new work appears on Page 8.