|EDDIE CHUCULATE||"CHEYENNE MADONNA"|
Bacone alum Eddie Chuculate (Creek/Cherokee) visited his alma mater on Friday, joined the American Indian Students of Promise Summer Bridge students for lunch, and exhibited his new book - “Cheyenne Madonna."
A Muskogee native, he was The Baconian and Warrior yearbook sports editor and staff writer in 1989.
Since then, Chuculate has worked at newspapers across the country including the Muskogee Phoenix, The Denver Post, The Albuquerque Tribune, and even an Abu Dhabi international post. He wrote sports nine years before attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe where poet Jon Davis encouraged Chuculate to change his major from Museum Studies to Creative Writing.
World Literature Today featured Chuculate as the "Emerging Author" in its July/Aug. 2010 edition.
The Bacone alum authored “Cheyenne Madonna,” a collection of short stories published by Black Sparrow Books in Boston.
In an interview with http://www.theshortreview.com, Chuculate defined the word “story” as tales, jokes and “dramatizations of events based on true life or coming from the imagination."
|Newly published author Eddie Chuculate (back row, second from right) wrote sports for The Baconian and Warrior yearbook in 1989 under the direction of current Bacone student publications adviser Ann Marie Shackelford, associate professor of journalism. Chuculate is available for book signings and readings of "Cheyenne Madonna". (Others pictured include (front row, left to right) Jeanette McAdoo, Jessica Gallaway, Rebecca Secras and Sheila Moore. Back row is Jackie Wiedell, Rudy Tartsah, Chuculate and Greg Smith. THE BACONIAN/FILE PHOTO|
The newly published writer also described what it’s like to know people are buying his book.
Chuculate said he tries not to think about that aspect of writing, “but it does create a good feeling,” he added.
Currently residing in what he calls the American midwest, at the University of Iowa, he discussed finding "Cheyenne Madonna" on the Internet, "where they have two copies of my book on hand at St. Mark's Bookshop on 31 Third Avenue in New York City's Manhattan, and kind of go, 'Wow, just picturing my book there.”
With his newly published book selling, the Bacone alum said he is working on a short story about a great Native American athlete.
1989 Warrior Yearbook: Front row: Jeanette McAdoo, Jessica Galloway, Rebecca Secras, Sheila Moore. Back row: Jackie Wiedell, Rudy Tartsah, Eddie Chuculate, Greg Smith.