Tahlequah Daily Press

June 21, 2013

Local writers share ideas

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — There’s a new writing group or club that is welcoming aspiring authors looking for a place to share their writing and analysis discussions.

The Tahlequah Writers group lays claim to 40 members, and meet once a month at the Cherokee Arts Center to talk about all things writing.

As stated on the group’s Facebook page, three American Indians started the group with the goal of focusing on the needs of American Indian writers. Tahlequah Writers, though welcomes all endeavoring writers, said group co-founder and Cherokee author Karen Coody Cooper.

Cooper has focused on battling stereotypes and misinformation about American Indians since the start of her museum career 34 years ago. Her book, titled “Spirited Encounters,” which was published in 2008 by AltaMira Press, is used as a textbook for museum studies and American Indian studies.

Cherokee artist and author Judith Emerson, who wrote the Cherokee historical novel “The Myth Makers,” and retired Northeastern State University English Professor Dr. Terri Baker, who co-authored “Women Who Pioneered Oklahoma”, are co-founders of Tahlequah Writers with Coody Cooper.

Coody Cooper, who won the Best Book of Poetry award in 2010 from the Oklahoma Writers Federation, was a part of previous writing group in Tahlequah for three years and said the experience helped her grow as a writer.


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