Co-founders Allie Young (Diné), Kayla Gebeck Carroll (Ojibwe), and Abigail Jackson Smith (Oglala) have been friends since they met at Dartmouth College in 2008.
Quarterly, Well-Read Native hosts a virtual Indigenous Book Club meeting. During a typical meeting, attendees get the chance to see an Indigenous artist perform, ask the guest author questions, and break out into small groups to meet other Well-Read Native members and discuss Indigenous literature.
Since launching in November of 2020, Well-Read Native is honored to have been joined by 11 Indigenous authors and academics, including David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Winter Counts), Terese Marie Mailhot (Heart Berries), David Treuer (The Hiawatha), Melissa Lucashenko (Too Much Lip), Waubgeshig Rice (Moon of the Crusted Snow), Tommy Orange (There There), Professor Nick Reo, Anton Treuer (The Language Warrior's Manifesto), Jesmyn Ward (Men We Reaped), Danielle Geller (Dog Flowers), Brenda Child (My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks), and Stephen Graham Jones (The Only Good Indians). In May, Well-Read Native will host Lisa Bird-Wilson for a discussion of her debut novel, Probably Ruby. RSVP here.
Well-Read Native held its first virtual Indigenous Book Club meeting on November 5, 2020.
Empowering Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations children to be readers and storytellers is core to our mission. In June of 2021, Well-Read Native launched its Well-Read Native Youth initiative for young readers of all ages—from picture book through young adult.
The Well-Read Native Youth initiative aims to broaden Indigenous families' and children's access to literature that reflects and celebrates the diverse cultures, experiences, and lives of young readers from our communities. To that end, Well-Read Native Youth's programming centers on children's and young adult books by Indigenous authors.
Well-Read Native Youth's goal is for every Indigenous child in every classroom throughout Indian Country and the United States to see themselves reflected in the books they read.
To learn more about Well-Read Native Youth, follow us on Instagram (@wellreadnativeyouth).
Well-Read Native launched its Well-Read Native Youth initiative this summer.
The Well-Read Native Indigenous Book Club is a global community of readers from all over Indian Country and the globe. Our 1,500+ members represent over 95 tribes and 4 countries (and counting!)
While membership is open to allies, our mission is to read and elevate Indigenous voices in academia and literature. The Well-Read Native team is always open to book recommendations. Got an idea? Please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Well-Read Native's goal is to build a community of readers throughout Indian Country and the globe who believe in the impact of books—and friendship!