Date: 12/31/2008
Subject: Member news - Becky Travis book now available -
Picked Apart the Bones

By Rebecca Hatcher Travis

A collection of poems illustrating the cultural and familial experiences of a Chickasaw woman

For Rebecca Hatcher Travis, writing a book of poems is similar to growing a pecan tree. Both take a long time to develop. For the poems in this exquisite collection, “the seeds were planted in childhood and earth, and blossomed with family and love.” Hatcher Travis bases her poems on memories of her Chickasaw family and the Oklahoma landscapes surrounding her as a child. The poems also are testimonies to the ancestors who have passed on to the next life.

Featuring the poem Picked Apart the Bones, which won the First Book Award for Poetry from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas.

Rebecca Hatcher Travis is an enrolled citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. Her work, which often reflects her Native American heritage, has appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and the Chickasaw Times. The Gulf Coast Poets, a chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas, honored Hatcher Travis for her poem Whisper in the Dark.

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