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A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Jim Stevens is a poet, writer, and editor of Seneca and German heritage. He grew up around Milwaukee and lived for many years in Madison where he was active in literary circles and worked as an editor for a number of book publishers; he also  taught in venues such as the School of the Arts at Rhinelander and UW–Extension. In 1998 Stevens moved to Oconto County, north of the Oneida Reservation. Stevens is the editor of The Journey Home: The Literature of Wisconsin through Four Centuries (1989) and Dreaming History: A Collection of Wisconsin Native-American Writing (1995). Along with Richie Plass, the Menominee and Stockbridge-Munsee activist, he founded the Native literary journal Yukhíka-látuhse (pronounced you-key-gah la-dues) in 2005. The Oneida word means “she tells us stories” and refers to the matriarchal societies common among many Native cultures. Yukhíka-látuhse is published by the Oneida Nation Arts Program (ONAP) and features a mix of established and emerging Native American writers. Since 2006, Stevens and Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe writer Mildred “Tinker” Schuman have hosted a series of writing workshops on Wisconsin reservations and in Native communities.

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