Ancestral Demon of a Grieving Bride

Fractured storytelling for a fractured world, "Ancestral Demon of a Grieving Bride" draws readers into a world that appears eerily familiar but unsettling as well. Fierce, visceral, sometimes funny, and wholly original, Hoahwah’s poems will linger in a reader’s dreams long after she’s closed the book.

University of New Mexico Press, 2021

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From the Comanche Tribal Housing of Madischie in southwestern Oklahoma comes a crew of young Comanche, Arapaho, and Kiowa toughs hell-bent on gaining power within a subculture of organized crime. Led by a Comanche named Velroy, they find themselves caught in the century-long transformation from the old Comanche Nation to a modern-day casino-owning tribe. Hoahwah relays their story with a distinctive narrative flair, honed syntax, wild imagery, and a splash of lyricism.

University of New Mexico Press, 2021