Earlier this week, Emily Bowen Cohen introduced the conflict she felt between her American Indian and Jewish identities during the protests at Standing Rock, North Dakota. Emily’s mini-comic An American Indian Guide to the Day of Atonement recounts her reunion with her long-lost Native American family and her reflection on the trip over the following Yom Kippur; she is guest blogging for the Jewish Book Council all week as part of the Visiting Scribe series here on The ProsenPeople.
Emily Bowen Cohen writes memoir-style comics about being Native American and Jewish. She grew up in a small town in rural Oklahoma. Emily received a 2016 Word Artist Grant, a project of American Jewish University’s Institute for Jewish Creativity, to create An American Indian Guide to the Day of Atonement.
Emily Bowen Cohen creates comics that explore intersectional identity. She is Jewish and a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She uses personal experience to tell stories that examine contemporary American and Jewish culture. Emily grew up in rural Oklahoma and spent her teenage years in suburban New Jersey. She graduated from Harvard University and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.