Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Acclaimed poet to share works at FLCC

Poet Lance Henson
Lance Henson, one of the few contemporary Native American poets who writes bilingual verse, will present his work at Finger Lakes Community College’s Honors House on Thursday, Nov. 11.

The 7 p.m. event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Honors House, 4340 Lakeshore Drive, at the corner with Routes 5 and 20, just east of the city of Canandaigua. Parking is available at the Honors House.

Lance Henson, who is of Cheyenne, Oglala Sioux and French descent, has received international recognition for his knowledge of Cheyenne language and culture and his skill as a poet in English.

Henson has published 28 books of poetry, half in the U.S. and half abroad. His poetry has been translated into 25 languages, and he has read and lectured in nine countries. His readings include the One World Poetry Festival in Amsterdam, the International Poetry Festival in Tarascon, France, and the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival in New Jersey. He has also co-written two plays.

Born in Washington, D.C., Henson grew up in Oklahoma, living the Southern Cheyenne culture. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps after high school and is a graduate of Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts (now University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma) in Chickasha. He holds a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Tulsa.

Henson is a member of the Native American Church, the American Indian Movement and the Cheyenne Dog Soldier Society. He has participated in the Cheyenne Sun Dance on several occasions as both a dancer and painter.

Lance Henson’s appearance is part of the FLCC Celebrates Our Differences diversity Series and is co-sponsored by the student group FLCC Writers’ Bloc.

For more information, contact Curt Nehring Bliss, Honors House director, at (585) 785-1367 or

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