Trace (DeMeyer) Lara Hentz, Stolen Generations anthology editor, has been in reunion with her birthfather’s side for over 20 years.
Poet, mosaic artist, author, professional blogger, this award-winning journalist is former editor of the Pequot Times in Connecticut and editor/co-founder of Ojibwe Akiing in Wisconsin. Her writing, interviews and poetry has been published in newspapers and journals in the USA, Canada and Europe. Her first book “One Small Sacrifice: A Memoir, Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects,” broke new ground in 2009 and a second edition was published in 2012. (It’s still in the Top 100 Native biographies on Amazon.)
Trace occasionally writes book reviews and features/interviews for News from Indian Country, a national independent native newspaper, and Whisper and Thunder online magazine. DeMeyer’s chapter on Sac and Fox Olympian Jim Thorpe won critical praise in the 2001 book Olympics at the Millennium (published by Rutgers Press). Her poetry was published in the spring 2009 edition of Yellow Medicine Review; and she has poetry in the Foothills Press book, I Was Indian Before It Was Cool, edited by Susan Deer Cloud.
In November 2011, Trace founded Blue Hand Books as a publishing collective for other Native authors [www.bluehandbooks.org] publishing 15 titles in 5 years, most notably the stunning debuts Pointing with Lips by Dana Lone Hill (Lakota) and Sweetgrass Burning: Stories from the Rez by Santa Fe author Barbara Robidoux (Eastern Cherokee).
Two non-fiction anthologies Trace co-authored and edited are “Two Worlds” and “Called Home” (Books 1 and 2: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects) with Patricia Busbee (Cherokee) that featured American Indian adoptees narratives and history. With MariJo Moore (Cherokee), they published an anthology “Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time: Indigenous Thoughts Concerning the Universe” in 2013. She contributed the chapter Mending The Hoop in the Lost Daughters anthology. LINK
“Sleeps with Knives” and “Becoming” (prose poems and short stories) Trace published using the pen-name Laramie Harlow (using a paternal family last name).
She’s contributed to many acclaimed books on adoption and was a presenter and panelist at the American Indian Workshop in Europe in 2005 and has given book presentations at numerous universities in the USA and Canada. In 2014, Trace was executive producer of the Nightwolf Radio Program in Wash. DC. Currently she’s teaching blogging and social media at Greenfield Community College. A mix of American Indian (Shawnee-Cherokee) and French Canadian-Irish, Trace is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and lives at the foot of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts with her husband Herb.