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Naming Ceremony: Stories
In the sixteen short stories and profound essays that comprise Naming Ceremony, Chip Livingston examines the worlds we create for ourselves by exploring the names we are called and those we call ourselves. Livingston’s characters express in word and deed the names that confirm their individuality as well as validating their roles in family, culture, politics, and sexuality ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published February 1st 2014 by Lethe Press
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I very much enjoyed Chip Livingston’s Naming Ceremony, a collection of stories suffused by the Native American culture…Some, though not all, of the stories are linked by a recurring cast of characters: Peter Strongbow, his HIV positive lover Elan, Peter’s sister Lana, and an assortment of Native American relatives and friends. They first show up in the title piece, “Naming Ceremony,” a subtle take on a ritualistic ceremony where Peter is given his tribal name, and finish up in the final story, “ ...more
Chip Livingston is a mixed-blood Creek poet, writer, teacher, and editor. He is the author of the novel OWLS DON’T HAVE TO MEAN DEATH, a short story/essay collection NAMING CEREMONY, the poetry collections CROW-BLUE, CROW-BLACK and MUSEUM OF FALSE STARTS and the chapbook ALARUM. His poetry and prose have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and have won awards from Native Writers’ Circle of the Ame ...more