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Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe wears the ‘Red Paint’ and finds a home of her own

On the right, the cover of ‘Red Paint’ by Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe, which features the author, with long dark hair, red eye shadow, and red lipstick. ‘RED PAINT’ is in large, white text on top of a red paint splash. The subtitle, ‘The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk,’ is formatted the same. On the left, a black and white photo of the author wearing a hooded sweatshirt that reads NO COPS NO SETTLERS.
Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe

This week on The Write Question, Lauren chats with Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe, author of Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk (Counterpoint Press). Red Paint is part memoir and part family history—full of personal stories from the author’s childhood and her not-so-distant past, as well as the story of the Coast Salish people, a beautifully woven story of the women who came before her, of their strength and spirituality. Red Paint is the story (stories) of the author’s healing journey, one that would take her from a number of traumatic childhood and adolescent experiences, and relationships that left her yearning for acceptance, inclusion, and independence, to a home of her own, one she was able to make on her own terms—punk rock, red paint, poetry, and all.

About Sasha:

Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe is a Coast Salish author from the Nooksack and Upper Skagit Indian tribes. She received a double MFA in Creative Nonfiction and Poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She lives in Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of Red Paint.

Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe recommends:

Sharks in the time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn (MCD Books)

Lauren Korn recommends:

What Protest Music Meant to My Coast Salish Great Grandmother, And What It Means to Me” by Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe (Vogue)

There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis edited by Tracy K. Smith and John Freeman (Penguin Random House)

Dog Flowers by Danielle Geller (One World, Penguin Random House)

Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq (Penguin Books Canada)

The Punk Singer, a documentary directed by Sini Anderson

A Band Called Death, a documentary directed by Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett

The Write Question team is Lauren Korn, host and co-producer; Peter Hoag, co-producer and editor; and Tom Berich, sound engineer.

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Lauren R. Korn holds an M.A. in poetry from the University of New Brunswick, where she was the recipient of the Tom Riesterer Memorial Prize and the Angela Ludan Levine Memorial Book Prize. A former bookseller and the former Director of the Montana Book Festival, she is now the host of Montana Public Radio’s literature-based radio program and podcast, ‘The Write Question.’
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