Mark your calendars– Oyez Roslyn! kicks off this season of fun on Saturday, November 16th, at the Roslyn Cafe.
Starting at 8:00 PM a panoply of artistry will converge:
Joseph Powell, poet extraordinaire will take the stage with a sheaf of wondrous words.
LeRoy Adams, thoughts about hunting, exploring and how this relates to the Yakama Nation’s ceded lands
Michael-David Bushman will share a variety of his own music
Joe Powell has published five collections of poetry, including Getting Here (QRL), Hard Earth (March Street), and Preamble to the Afterlife (2013). He co-wrote a textbook on meter called Accent on Meter, (NCTE, 2004). His book of short stories, Fish Grooming & Other Stories, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, and he won a National Endowment for the Arts Award (2009). He teaches at Central Washington University.
Oyez Roslyn! invited LeRoy Adams to come and share with us some of his understanding and outdoor experiences relating to the Yakama Nation’s “ceded lands.” More than twelve million acres were ceded to the federal government under the 1855 Yakama Nation Treaty. Tribal leaders reserved the right to fish, hunt and gather all of the tribe’s traditional foods on the reservation as well as the ceded area, which includes all of Kittitas County and much more.
LeRoy is program manager of the Yakama Nation Wildlife Program, and has served in this capacity for about three years. An enrolled member of the Yakama Indian Nation, he graduated from Oregon State University in Forest Products. LeRoy is an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoor person. He and his wife have a daughter and a new son.
Michael-David Bushman will be performing two original acoustic guitar pieces for Oyez Roslyn! He’s also going to showcase an original string quartet composition, sharing a recorded performance by Carl Stephenson and discussing the piece’s concept and writing process.
An enrolled Yakama Nation tribal member, Michael-David currently works for the Yakama Nation Review as a journalist and layout designer. As long as he can remember, music has always been around him. He started by playing percussion some 22 years ago, as a fifth grader, added mallet percussion and guitar in high school, and began receiving regional recognition from then on. Michael-David placed in percussion at state competitions. He stumbled into Yakima Valley Community College’s two-year music theory program and never looked back, playing percussion for the school’s Salsa Band, writing original Latin Jazz and various classical compositions, recording CDs of their original compositions, and traveling together to perform at The Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. Bushman also delved into computer music and has created electronic music and instrumental hip-hop beats.