Ralph Salisbury

Writer, Professor

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In the 2003-2004 academic year

19 January 2004
Presentation/​Reading – William Stafford Memorial Celebration, Salem Public Library, Salem, Oregon

20-22 May 2004: Skagit River Poetry Festival. Three readings and three panels.

6-28 June 2004:
Seminar/​retreat on Creative Writing in the Classroom: Tutzing, Germany. Sponsored by the University of Freiburg and the United States Fulbright Commission

June/​July 2004:
Five-week Poetry residency, University of Freiburg, Germany. Sponsored by the University and the United States Fulbright Commission

In the 2004-2005 Academic Year:

4-5 October, 2004:
Poetry reading, meeting classes at Bentley College, Boston, Massachusetts.

12 October, 2004:
Poetry reading, Connecticut College, New London, CT

14 October, 2004:
Poetry reading, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

18-19, October, 2004:
Meeting classes at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

20 October, 2004:
Poetry reading, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio,

10 February, 2005:
Poetry reading with Ingrid Wendt, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon.

27 February 2005: reading at Tsunami Books, Eugene, Oregon.

1 April - 21 May, 2005:
Poetry residency, as a Fulbright Senior Specialist, University of Freiburg, Germany. Sponsored by the University and the United States and German Fulbright Commissions.

In the 2005-2006 Academic Year:

4 November 2005
Reading: Southern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay, OR

11 April 2006
Reading: University of Oregon: Browsing Room, Knight Library

24 April 2006
Reading: Looking Glass Books, Portland, OR

7-8 July 2006
Foothill Writers'Conference, Los Altos Hills, CA
Poetry and Fiction manuscript workshops; Reading

In the 2006-2007 academic year:

5 October 2006, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Poetry Reading (with Ingrid Wendt)
Schingoethe Center, Aurora University, Aurora, IL
Contact Dan Hipp: dhipp@​aurora.edu

10 October 2006, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading (with Ingrid Wendt)
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Illini Union Bookstore, 809 South Wright Street
Champaign, IL
Contact Michael Madonick

11 October 2006, 12:00-1:30 pm
The Spirit of the Writer:
Poetry Reading & Discussion (with Ingrid Wendt)
SRC 2800, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
Contact Tom Montgomery-Fate: montgome@​cod.edu

16 October 2006, 2:00 p.m.
Poetry Reading (with Ingrid Wendt)
Lecture Recital Hall, East Peoria Campus,
Illinois Central College, Peoria, Illinois.
Contact James Sullivan: jsullivan@​icc.edu

18 October 2006, 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading (with Ingrid Wendt)
Wyckoff Room of Cullom-Davis Library
Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois
Contact Kevin Stein: kstein@​bradley.edu

2 November 2006, 5:30 p.m., University of Nevada, Reno . Poetry Reading, with Ingrid Wendt. Sheppard Gallery of the Church Fine Arts Building. For more information contact Gailmarie Pahmeier: pahmeier@​unr.nevada.edu

3 November 2006, 4-6 p.m., Prim Library, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, Nevada. With Ingrid Wendt. For more information, call 775-831-1314, ext. 7425

10 February 2007, 2-3 p.m., Poetry Reading, Newport Public Library, with Ingrid Wendt. 35 NW Nye St., Newport, Oregon. (541) 265-2153. Free.

18-23 February 2007, Writer in Residence, Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC), Minneapolis/​St. Paul, Minnesota.

20 February 2007, 7:30 p.m., Augsburg College. Poetry Reading with Ingrid Wendt, Lindell Library 301, 2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, MN. For information: 612-330-1009. Free and open to the public.

Selected Works

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Literary Nonfiction
“Ralph Salisbury’s So Far, So Good will take its place beside Scott Momaday’s The Names and Joy Harjo’s Crazy Brave as a major addition to the evergrowing genre of contemporary Native American autobiography.”—Geary Hobson
The manifest destiny of these poems is justice and salvation in language for people torn down by blind nationalism, war, greed and racism. As soft as lingerie, as tough as steel pipe, and as fine in phrase and image as our best American poets, Ralph Salisbury sings "Like the Sun in Storm" for a world that can be healed. --Henry Hughes
"The poems of this volume make stunningly clear the ways in which Ralph Salisbury continues to model the traditional and modern (postmodern, if you will) roles of the poet as Cherokee humanist and indigenous cosmopolitan." -- Arnold Krupat
"It’s great to see the energy of an 80-year-old poet at work. Mixing WWII memories with his observations of the peaceful world outside his study windows, these poems celebrate longevity and unflagging concern for peace." -- Diane Wakoski
"Salisbury writes out of the passion, rage, and lyricism that mark the Native American spirit in these blasphemous times."
- Paula Gunn Allen
Finalist, Oregon Book Award. “A magnificent summa from a superb artist.”
-Louis Owens
“The words of Going to the Water: Poems of a Cherokee Heritage ‘do it right’. They hit hard. And they must be heard. Listen.”
-Simon Ortiz
Short Fiction
Salisbury excavates the hearts and minds of his characters, mining them to fuel his stories. And his stories are the richer for it — invariably compelling and continually surprising. (MSU Press)
“...unique in tone and voice, unlike the voice of any other American Indian writer writing today.”
-Gordon Henry