FDLTCC hosts book reading, rap performance Friday
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet is hosting “Reclaiming the Narrative: An Evening of Story, Song and The Arts,” featuring a book reading and signing by an award-winning author and a rap music performance, on Friday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m. in the Amphitheater & Commons on campus. The unique literary and music event features author Terese Marie Mailhot and rap artist Thomas X.
Mailhot, author of the memoir “Heart Berries,” graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with a Master of Fine Arts in fiction. Mailhot’s work has appeared in The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Times, Carve Magazine, Yellow Medicine Review and elsewhere.
Thomas Barrett, whose performing name is Thomas X, has lived on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota his whole life. He is a survivor of the 2005 Red Lake High School shooting and credits his family, culture and hip-hop music for helping him overcome drug and alcohol addiction that resulted from the trauma. He received an Associate Degree from Bemidji State University and has worked for his tribe in several capacities.
As a rap artist, Barrett hopes to help instill pride in the Red Lake people combining modern day Red Lake culture, history and Ojibwe language in his music.
The event is free and open to the public.
Schedule of events:
3 p.m. Opening ceremony/The Oshkii Giizhik Singers
3:30 p.m. Thomas X
4:30 p.m. Local stories
5:30 p.m. Terese Marie Mailhot reading
6:30 p.m. Book signing
7:15 p.m. Closing ceremony