Ojibwe author to speak at Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning

Author Marcie Rendon will address a Park Rapids Armory audience on Sept. 21.

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Marcie Rendon, author of the novels “Girl Gone Missing” and “Murder on the Red River,” will be the speaker Tuesday, Sept. 21 for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning.

Her presentation, titled “The Land Feeds Us, Body and Soul,” will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Armory Arts and Events Center in Park Rapids. The program is open to the public, free of charge and wheelchair accessible.

A citizen of the White Earth Nation, Rendon will talk about her writing career and how her Ojibwe heritage and connection to the land around her formed and shaped her story.

Rendon is listed on Oprah Magazine’s 2020 list of 31 Native American authors to read. Other awards include the 2020 McKnight Distinguished Artist Award, 50over50 AARP and the Pollen Award.

“Girl Gone Missing” is her second Cash Blackbear novel and was nominated for the Putnam’s Sons’ Sue Grafton Memorial Award at the 2020 Edgars. “Murder ont he Red River” received the 2018 Pinckley Women’s Debut Crime Novel Award and was a finalist in the Western Writers of America Spur Award for contemporary novel.


Rendon has also published nonfiction children’s books and four plays. Her script “Sweet Revenge” was chosen for a staged reading in the Oklahoma Indigenous Theatre Company’s 2020 New Native American Play Festival.

The creative mind of Raving Native Theater, she curated Twin Cities Public Television’s “Art Is … CreativeNativeResilience” in 2019. Diego Vazquez and Rendon received the Loft’s 2017 Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for work with incarcerated women.

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