Join Laura Waterman Wittstock as she talks with award-winning Anishinaabe author Jim Northrup. On May 18th, Jim received the 2012 George Morrison Artist Award from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council in Duluth, Minnesota. His monthly column, Fond du Lac Follies, is syndicated in several American Indian newspapers, including The Circle, The Native American Press, and News From Indian Country. The column has won countless awards and is known for its warm humor and sharp, political commentary. Northrup also has been a commentator on the Superior (Wisc.) Radio Network, National Public Radio, Fresh Air Radio, and the BBC-Scotland. One of his plays, Rez Road 2000, was performed at the Great American History Theatre in Saint Paul for a five-week run in January 2000.
Jim Northrup is the author of three books: Walking the Rez Road (Voyageur Press, 1993), Rez Road Follies, Canoes, Casinos, Computers, and Birchbark Baskets (University of Minnesota Press, 1999) and Anishinaabe Syndicated: A View from the Rez (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011). Walking the Rez Road won the Minnesota Book Award and Northeast Minnesota Book Award. In 2012, Anishinaabe Syndicated was a finalist for both of these awards. Northrup’s new book, titled Rez Salute, will be published by Fulcrum Publishing this fall.