Plunging into “Shibleen” (Monday March 23 at 3:00 PM, Hobo Day Gallery, SDSU Student Union)
While laboring over a novel-in-progress related to the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, Phyllis Cole-Dai became involved in the struggle against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and tar sands mining. As her involvement in that struggle has led to deeper engagement with native peoples fighting for Unci Maka, Grandmother Earth, the boundaries have begun to blur between past and present, art and activism, story and life. (Don’t know what “shibleen” is? Come and find out.)
Phyllis Cole-Dai jokes that her occupation is whatever doesn’t pay well. A survivor of advanced degrees in theology and English, she has authored or edited six nonfiction books and four music albums; curates “A Year of Being Here,” an online mindfulness poetry collection; is in demand as a public speaker; and has been a relentless community activist. Her passion is to help create a less violent and more just and equitable world, for this and future generations. She lives in Brookings, SD.