September 2020


by Toni Jensen

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Why We Chose It

Carry is a striking, poetic memoir and a record of what it means to be an Indigenous woman in America. The personal through line traces Toni Jensen’s Métis roots, her childhood in rural Iowa, her closest relationships, and the classrooms she’s inhabited around the country as a student and a teacher. Her experiences ladder up into something larger: an exploration of Indigenous history, American culture, different forms of intimacy and violence, and the subtle and lasting ways that language shapes each of us. Read an excerpt and get your copy today: You can see all retailers selling the hardcover, e-book, and audio editions here.

Carry by Toni Jensen

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Our chief content officer, Elise Loehnen, chatted with author Toni Jensen.

About the Author

Toni Jensen teaches in the MFA programs at the University of Arkansas and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is a 2020 recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and her work has been published in Orion, Catapult, and Ecotone. She is Métis.

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What surprised you while doing research for Carry?

Before starting my research, I already knew that where I live, Arkansas, has the highest rate of gun ownership in the country. I already knew there were more guns in the US than there are people. The biggest statistical surprise for me, then, was learning who owns all these guns. Almost 40 percent of those who own guns in the US are White, and rates of gun ownership are highest in households that earn $90,000 or more per year. So gun owners in America, then, are predominately White and upper middle class or wealthy. This is not the common profile of gun owners most offered through media, movies, or books.



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