About Dawnland Voices 2.0

Dawnland Voices 2.0 is an online literary magazine that showcases established and emerging indigenous talent from New England. We have been grateful for the editorial assistance of Kelly Dalke and Amanda Plante in getting these issues up and running. This site is a companion to Dawnland Voices: Indigenous Writings from New England, edited by Siobhan Senier with 11 tribal editors and published in 2014 by the University of Nebraska Press. Both the print anthology and this website showcase the wide variety of literature produced by Native people from this region.

Note from the Editor

Greetings, Everyone!

It’s been a long haul to get this project up and running and I want to thank you all for your patience as we did a tremendous amount of behind the scenes work to create a new website and migrate all the archived content from the previous issues of Dawnland Voices 2.0!

The works you will find in this 2023 issue are varied and interesting.  We asked our community members and writers what Medicine means to them, and how it functions in their lives.  Medicine takes many forms for The People and includes teachings, encounters and life events as well as the support and intervention received for physical maladies.  It is a form of wisdom that can also bring us into a right, balanced relationship to The Mother.

I’ve found that poetry is good medicine in my life, as well as connection to my own ancestral lineage.  In this issue I have included a reprint of a sestina I wrote more than ten winters ago, about relationship to place and the transformation I experienced as a mixed blood Waponahki woman finding a place to belong.

We have plans to include expanded digital content as well as author profiles and interviews.

I am excited to move forward with these goals and that is where you come in.  If you have ideas on content to include please let us know!  We will be starting outreach for author profiles

this fall and would be delighted to include you as a New England Indigenous writer.

A reminder that we have moved to a once yearly publication format, so that gives you plenty of time to polish those poems and draft those essays!  This publication exists to support your work.  We want to share New England Indigenous writing with the world.  We are also looking for graphic art and new media for the site.

Meanwhile, Kci Woliwon for your interest and please enjoy this new issue. Should you have any feedback for us, please share to:   editordawnlandvoices@gmail.com

(Let’s work together)