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Anita Endrezze Portrait

Anita Endrezze was born in Long Beach, California, of Yaqui and European ancestry. An artist as well as a poet and short story writer, her paintings and illustrations have been reproduced in a number of publications and been exhibited both in the U.S. and in Europe. She has also written a novel for children. She has worked part-time for Washington State as a poet-in-residence, for the Spokane chapter of the Audubon Society, and edited the Indian Artists Guild newsletter. Her books include At the Helm of Twilight (1992) and The Humming of Stars and Bees (1998). Throwing Fire at the Sun (2000) is an account of her family and tribal history told in paintings, poetry, legend, fact, and family memories. As the poems reprinted here suggest, she has been unusually successful at finding linguistic equivalents of Native American views of nature.