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New Ursa Short Fiction: Chelsea T. Hicks on ‘A Calm & Normal Heart’

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Hi friends,

Deesha Philyaw and Dawnie Walton are back with another episode of Ursa Short Fiction, this time in conversation with Chelsea T. Hicks, author of the acclaimed new short story collection, A Calm & Normal Heart (Unnamed Press, June 2022). 

Hicks is a member of the Osage Nation, and the collection, published in June 2022 by Unnamed Press, also incorporates her ancestral language of Wazhazhe ie (which translates to “Osage talk”). The collection opens with a poem in the orthography, along with the Latinized spelling and English translation.

“When you build muscle, they say, you break the muscle just a little and that is what causes it to grow. That’s what I wanted to do with the language.”

You can get the full episode summary and reading list at Lit Hub, and you can read the transcript here.

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Thanks for reading and listening! 

-Dawnie & Mark 

Ursa Story Company

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