Striking the Black Snake Book Release

Please join 39 West Press on Saturday, 29 April 2017, at 7 pm at The Outburst KC (1715 Wyandotte St) for the official book release of Striking the Black Snake: Poems from Standing Rock by MG Salazar. Admission is $15 and includes a copy of the book.

Overview: Striking the Black Snake is a wild and raw book in equal parts manifesto, testimonial, how-to-manual, and confessional. Written during the winter of 2016-2017 after Salazar's "calling" to travel to the Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota to be a water protector and prevent the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the poems chronicle the struggles and trials of the protesters, look deeply at those behind the crop dusters and riot gear, and speak to the children of the future, for whom the water must be preserved.

About MG Salazar: MG Salazar is writer, performer, and curator/owner of a vintage clothing shop, The Skullery Maid, which opened last year. They write regularly for KCUR 89.3, Kansas City's flagship NPR station, present the quarterly show Cinema Cabaliste, which features the best in silent film and live performance, and currently appear as a subject in the HBO documentary Abortion: Stories Women Tell. A lifelong activist for equality and justice, Salazar twice traveled to Standing Rock during the winter of 2016-2017 to stand as a water protector.

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