Mary Tallmountain Celebration SF Public Library - Nov. 14, 6-7:30pm

Freedom Voices

A Celebration at San Francisco Public Library
Mary Tallmountain Celebration
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street • Latino Hispanic Room, Lower Level
November 14, 2019, 6–7:30pm

Mary TallMountain (1918-1994) was an Athabaskan Indian from a small Alaskan village on the Yukon River, 50 miles from the Arctic Circle, who settled in San Francisco in the 1960s. Adopted out of her tribe at an early age, much of her lifework and writing centered around her return to her homeland after 50 years of separation. Living in SF’s Tenderloin district, she chronicled the lives of the people there and supported other marginalized writers in finding their voices through poetry and story-telling. Though she was an acclaimed poet who won the Pushcart Prize and was featured on Bill Moyers “Power of the Word” series, she was always low-key as she continued her work in the Tenderloin. The TallMountain Circle was founded to carry on her mission of supporting marginalized writers, especially in the Tenderloin and Native communities. An archive of her work is housed at the Rasmussen Library at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

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