Andrea L. Rogers
Andrea L. Rogers is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a graduate of the Low Rez program at the Institute for American Indian Arts. She grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas, where she is a teacher at an all-girls public school and the mom of three daughters. At IAIA, she was mentored by several strong Indigenous writers and teachers. While there, she completed her short story collection Man Made Monsters, a meditation on love, loneliness, family, and the monsters in society that walk with us. Native people are centered in this collection, along with a cast of vampires, werewolves, zombies, aliens, ghosts, two handsome Princes, and a Goatboy. Her short stories have been published in Transmotion; Kweli Journal; Yellow Medicine Review; and The Santa Fe Literary Review. Her children’s book with Capstone, Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story comes out in January 2020.
Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story (January 2020, Capstone)
Written by Andrea L. Rogers, Illustrated by Matt Forsyth
Twelve-year-old Mary and her Cherokee family are forced out of their home in Georgia by U.S. soldiers in May 1838. From the beginning of the forced move, Mary and her family are separated from her father. Facing horrors such as internment, violence, disease, and harsh weather, Mary perseveres and helps keep her family and friends together until they can reach the new Cherokee nation in Indian Territory. Featuring nonfiction support material, a glossary, and reader response questions, this Girls Survive story explores the tragedy of forced removals following the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
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