Tahlequah Daily Press

February 15, 2013

Faulds’ reading evokes memories

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — On a day known for romantic expression presented in written form, the Tahlequah Friends of the Library hosted a Northeastern State University English professor to share some of his literary works.

Dr. Joseph Faulds engaged listeners during Program Sandwiched In by a reading of portions of his writings, including “Conversations with Kid Cougar and Lim Hang High,” “The Wind, The Horse and The Insect,” “Questions after Answers,” “Heart of an Eagle,” and “The Kateri Chantings: Dream of a Holy Woman” to name a few.

Faulds has been sharing his love of literature and writing with NSU students for nearly three decades, said FOL President Bob McQuitty.

“He has taught at NSU for 25 years, and he’s not ready to retire, yet,” he said. “He has taught English, Latin, and Greek, and has a new course on the schedule, which is the English vocabulary derived from Latin and Greek roots. It’s a terrific course, I guarantee it. And it’s one that English teachers find very useful in developing vocabulary.”

Much of Faulds’ writings hark back to tales he picked up during his youth. He is Lakota Sioux from his father’s side of the family.

As he read, Faulds’ quiet presence behind the podium allowed for words he spoke to conjure images of a time when travel by horseback was common. He also evoked sensory details of a heated potbelly stove and the cooling winds of summer.

In reading from “The Wind, The Horse and The Insect,” Faulds used the stream-of-consciousness narrative device, or point of view, and listeners in attendance were able to join him as his words took both reader and listener slowing moving between present and past memories.

“Everything matters and nothing matters in the mind of a dying man,” read Faulds, who said writing has always been his first love.

“I’ve always been a writer. As Bob said, I’ve been a teacher for 32 years. I was creative writer before I became a teacher,” Faulds said. “My interests involved literature and language.”

On Thursday, March 14, Tahlequah resident Lloyd Spyres will be the PSI featured speaker. Spyres will be on hand to discuss and read from his book, “Grandpa Lloyd’s Bedtime Story Book,” which does not include illustrations, said McQuitty.


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