If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.
—Barry Lopez, in Crow and Weasel
Reading, writing and storytelling were my religions growing up. My father used to tell me a story every night before going to bed. He told the most astounding stories that materialized in the moment. His imagination and ability to conjure imagery were gifts. I wish I knew if these stories were told to him as a child.
Every Saturday morning my father and I headed to the library to check out and return books. He always checked out seven books and he almost always read them all. He insisted that I check out seven books. I could barely get thru one but by the time I was in middle school I could match him. I wasn’t consistent with reading seven in a week but I could keep up. I am an avid reader. I am also a close reader. I owe these skills to my father, Edmond Danielle. He passed on his love of words and stories. It is because of him that I pursued an MFA from Goddard College. My mother, Helen Marie, also deserves a mention. She was a poet and an artist. She taught me to see light in the most unusual places. This skill continues to assist me.
I remember when my oldest cousin was hired by Glamour magazine as an editor. Everyone spoke in hushed tones when her name was mentioned. I kept her picture on the bookcase in my bedroom. I envisioned her as an angel.
I always knew I was a writer. My first writings were etched inside my closet—shaman-like images that were discovered by the painter when he removed the doors to paint.
Of course there was the pink diary with the tiny key. I often wonder what happened to my childhood writings.
I write from my life. I tend to write with my veins open. My process often startles me, as I am a very private person.
MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, 2011
BA Evergreen State College, 2008
(After extensive research and confirming my ancestry thru DNA testing, it has been brought to light that the man I believed to be my bio-father–is not. I am currently going thru what I call an un-adoption. I worked very hard to integrate into what I fully believed to be my biological family. Both sides of my biological family confirmed the information I was given regarding my family. For whatever reason my biological mother took secrets with her to the grave.
I continue to be proud of any and all work that I have done in the Native American community. It is my hope that I will be viewed as an editor and ally. I am grateful for all the people that I encountered and the stories of healing and rebirth that were shared with me).
IN THE VEINS (Vol. 4) Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects book series, is edited by Patricia Busbee and published by the Blue Hand Books Collective in western Massachusetts. Part of its proceeds will support Standing Rock Water Protectors and #NoDAPL.
Twenty-eight poets from across Turtle Island contributed, including First Nations poet David Groulx (Anishinabe Elliott Lake), Assiniboine playwright William Yellow Robe, Ojibwe scholar Dr. Carol A. Hand who wrote an introduction, notable author-poet MariJo Moore (Cherokee), and many more.
“These poets come to us from across Turtle Island. Some are very well-known, even famous, and many will be in the future,” Busbee said. “Their poetry offers exquisite interpretation of life and story, personal perceptions, and their views on issues of historical trauma, land-taking, loss of identity and culture, and child theft/adoption projects in the name of Manifest Destiny in North America.”
This highly-anticipated collection is part of a history-making book series Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects. This series includes TWO WORLDS (Vol. 1), CALLED HOME: The Road Map (Vol. 2), and STOLEN GENERATIONS: Survivors of the Indian Adoption Projects and 60s Scoop (Vol. 3). All books were published by the Blue Hand Books, a collective of Native American authors.
“Remedies is a deeply original autobiographical fiction that chronicles the lives of five generations of women. Patricia has a lovely way of approaching her own work which is intimate and deeply empathic to the power of language. It is evident from page one that her writing erupts from a place of necessity. It is beautifully layered and brought to life through image-driven vignettes that have been paired down into razor-sharp scenes. The stories convey tragedy and comedy in equal portions. Wombs and halos, mothers and daughters; the story is circular—the beginning has a before, and the ending is not the end. At the bottom of most pages Patricia has created a parallel existence that consists of incantations, proverbs, and recipes that provide another layer of running commentary. Patricia is emerging as a writer confident and skillful in the subtle art of hybrid writing.”
CALLED HOME: THE ROADMAP (Vol. 2) (Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects Book Series): Lost Children of The Indian…Oct 18, 2016
by Trace L. Hertz and Patricia Busbee
I co-edited an anthology with Trace DeMeyer, Two Worlds: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects.
Two Worlds: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects was chosen as Brock University’s summer 2014 pick.
Called Home, is the recently released sequel to Two Worlds.
My work appears in several publications:
I have 3 pieces posted on Elephant Journal:
Serenity Now: Peace as a Process Rather Than a Steady State.
Blurring the Edges: Yoga as Art.