For thousands of years the Coast Miwok lived rich lives infused with tradition in what we now know as Marin and southern Sonoma Counties. In the winter months villagers gathered to hear elders share sacred stories of creation and power. Greg Sarris, award winning author, playwright, and professor, continues this tradition of oral storytelling. He will share haunting stories of leadership, landscape and community, from his newly published book, How A Mountain Was Made (October 2017).
Sarris is the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair of Sonoma State University, where he teaches Creative Writing, American Literature, and American Indian Literature. Sarris received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, where he was awarded the Walter Gore Award for excellence in teaching. His books include Grand Avenue (1994), an award-winning collection of short stories, which he adapted for an HBO miniseries and co-executive produced with Robert Redford. He is serving his 13th elected term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.
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