"Even As We Breathe" - An Evening with Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

The Thomas Harriot College of Art and Sciences Whichard Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, held by Native American literature specialist Dr. Kirstin L. Squint, will host "An Evening with Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle," an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.


The event will begin at 6 PM with a limited attendance reception and interview on the 3rd floor outdoor deck of the Main Campus Student Center. Please RSVP for the reception by Sept. 27 to THCAS@ecu.edu.


At 7 PM, the event will move to the Black Box Theatre, where Clapsaddle will read from her debut novel, Even as We Breathe, followed by an audience Q&A directed by Squint and a book signing. The event will raise funds for the support of ECU’s North Carolina Literary Review, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. No RSVP is needed for the 7 PM reading.


Clapsaddle is a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and resides in Qualla, NC, with her husband Evan and sons, Ross and Charlie. She holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. She is the first citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to publish a novel, and it has gone on to be named a finalist for the Weatherford Award and one of NPR’s Best Books of 2020.


Her work has appeared in Yes! Magazine, Lit Hub, Smoky Mountain Living Magazine, South Writ Large and The Atlantic. After serving as executive director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Clapsaddle returned to teaching at Swain County High School. She is the former co-editor of the Journal of Cherokee Studies and serves on the board of trustees for the North Carolina Writers Network.


For additional information about Clapsaddle, visit https://www.asaunookeclapsaddle.com/biography.


The Whichard Professorship is hosted by the Department of English and the Gender Studies Program. This event is contingent on ECU’s Public Health Plan and is subject to change.

Monday, October 4 at 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Main Campus Student Center, Black Box Theatre, #200A
501 E. 10th St., Greenville, NC 27858

Event Type

Lecture/Reading, Reception


Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences, English, Gender Studies, Harriot College of Arts & Sciences, Student Affairs - Student Involvement and Leadership, Women and Gender Office, Office for Equity and Diversity

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, Staff, Public, Alumni



Contact Name

Dr. Kirstin L. Squint

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Registration Website

Please RSVP for the outdoor reception by Sept. 27 to THCAS@ecu.edu. No RSVP is needed for the 7 PM event in the Black Box Theatre.

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