Kevin A. Thompson, Taxicab to the Stars
Kevin Thompson is of Creek descent and raised in the Southern Tier region of New York State. He has a Masters in Teaching, and currently employed in the social work field. He is also a US Army veteran. He has also sung at powwows with the Iron Feather Singers, and organized a failed attempt to establish a Native American-themed high school in New York City.
In 2011, he created the Mvskoke and Mobilian language instructional videos on You Tube under the name Megakevin49. He speaks English, Spanish, Mvskoke (Creek) and German, in that order of proficiency. He has been fascinated by my own family’s genealogy since my early teens, and I was one of the few who in my generation who would willingly listen to (and remember) the stories from my grandmothers, both of whom lived into his thirties.
His literary influences are Dr. Heriberto Dixon, Leslie Marmon Silko, Craig Womack, Joy Harjo and Jack Forbes, among others.
He has an interest in widening the scope of seeing all aspects of contemporary life through an Indigenous perspective and would encourage the development of a contemporary Indigenous arts and media movement, and hope one emerges that can capture the imagination of the younger generations.
One of his published books is Taxicab to the Stars, a character-driven novel set in 2002.
Taxicab to the Stars
Taxicab to the Stars is a character-driven novel about contemporary Native Americans set in about 2002. Out of the ensemble cast of characters, the central figure is one Pearl Fitzgerald, a light-skinned Creek woman living the life of a New York professional. After years of ignoring her Indigenous roots, she embarks on the bold move of finding a suitable Native husband to help her rebuild her shrinking family.
In her journey she meets Terrell Evans, a Georgia Creek man who is retired from the music business and who is hiding from his own demons, and also touches bases with a professional white supremacist who writes hatchet jobs for powerful racist foundations. Another significant character is Fanny Mariah Terrell, a girl raised in the traditional Creek fashion until turned over to a fundamentalist Christian mother for correction. And then there is Frances Arroyo Dawson, one of the last survivors of a California Mission tribe who has launched a tribal casino and unwittingly brought national attention to her family.
Through flashbacks and backstories, the novel spans seventy years of recent US history, racial and tribal politics, and Pearl never waivers in her pursuits to rebuild her community – to a point that she becomes legendary. See more!
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