Biographical Information

Linda Hogan (Chickasaw) Former Faculty at Indian Arts Institute, Writer in Residence for The Chickasaw Nation, and Professor Emerita from the University of Colorado, is an internationally recognized public reader, speaker, and writer of poetry, fiction, and essays. In July, 2014, DARK. SWEET. New and Selected Poems, was published from Coffee House Press. Her other books are Indios (Wings Press, 2012) INDIOS is a long poem and also a one woman performance piece)ROUNDING THE HUMAN CORNERS (Coffee House Press, April 2008, Pulitzer nominee) and the well-regarded novel PEOPLE OF THE WHALE (Norton, August 2008). Works include novels MEAN SPIRIT, a winner of the Oklahoma Book Award, the Mountains and Plains Book Award, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. This is a book about the oil book in Oklahoma, affecting numerous tribal nations SOLAR STORMS, a finalist for the International Impact Award, and and New York Times Notable Book of Year. POWER was also a finalist for the International Impact Award in Ireland. It was based on the killing of a Florida Panther, a most endangered species.

WW Norton published the fiction except for SOLAR STORMS
Poetry, THE BOOK OF MEDICINES was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Her other poetry has received the Colorado Book Award, Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, an American Book Award, and a prestigious Lannan Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. In addition, she has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, The Wordcraft Circle, and The Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association.

Hogan's most recent award was the 2016 THOREAU PRIZE from PEN, and a Native Arts and Culture Award.

Her lyrical work is considered to be writing of literary quality that illuminates a new Environmental and Indigenous Activism, as well as Native spirituality. It is included in anthologies not only in literature but in works on Nature, Science and the Environment, including Animal Studies.

Hogan's nonfiction includes a respected collection of essays; DWELLINGS: A SPIRITUAL HISTORY OF THE LIVING WORLD; and THE WOMAN WHO WATCHES OVER THE WORLD: A NATIVE MEMOIR. In addition, she has, with Brenda Peterson, written SIGHTINGS, THE MYSTERIOUS JOURNEY OF THE GRAY WHALE for National Geographic Books, and edited several anthologies on nature and spirituality. She wrote the script, EVERYTHING HAS A SPIRIT, a PBS documentary on American Indian Religious Freedom.

Hogan was inducted into the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame in 2007 for her contributions to indigenous literatures.

She edited a book of work from thirty years of Parabola essays on Native spirituality, The Inner Journey: Native Traditions, for Morning Light Press. This is a collection of essays on myth and tradition from Parabola Magazine. Her main interests as both writer and scholar are environmental issues, indigenous spiritual traditions and culture, and Southeastern tribal histories. She is currently on the Board of Advisors for Orion Magazine, and several organizations.

DARK. SWEET. NEW AND SELECTED POEMS is a collection of Hogan's work since the 1970's. It's publication contains selections from previous published works and shows her powerful growth as an indigenous writer, thinker, and environmentalist.

Hogan recently finished a new book of poems, A HISTORY OF HAPPINESS, as well as a novel: THE MERCY LIARS. She is now finishing a book of essays entitled THE RADIANT LIFE OF ANIMALS, the title taken from her chapter on Traditional Indigenous Knowledge and animals in a new book on Tradition Ecological Knowledge coming out from Oxford University Press.

Hogan was involved for eighteen years with the Native Science Dialogues, and the new Native American Academy and for several years with the SEED Graduate Institute in Albuquerque. She presented a 90 minute program at the International Congress of the Parliament of World Religions in Melbourne, Australia, as well as participating on a panel on Tribal Sovereignty at the same Congress in December 2009.

She is in demand as both a lecturer and a reader of her own work, nationally and internationally. She continues to travel for literary readings and to participate in conferences.

Hogan's work was translated into all major languages by the U.S. Information Office.She was a keynote speaker in Spain at the Eco-criticism gathering in Alcala, at major universities in Taiwan, at the International Studies on Religion, Culture, and Nature in Amsterdam, at International EASLE (Literature and Environment), in Turkey, and was a plenary speaker at a 2013 conference in Taiwan on Migrants and Memory. More recently she gave the keynote at the ASLE conference in Moscow, Idaho, a reader and speaker in Podgorica, Montenegro at the International Writers Conference sponsored by the US embassy and Karver Bookstore, and at the recent Environmental Humanities conference in Perpignan, France.

In April 2014 Hogan was one of the writers adding to the 200 year record of the Andrews Long Term Research site in the forest near Corvallis, Oregon, a collaboration between scientists and artists which at this time continues to influence her writing.

Linda has worked "at-risk" teens in various places, including the Chickasaw Children's Home.

She teaches Creative Writing workshops, and occasionally takes a private client who need assistance to write, edit, or complete their own book for publication.

Her email is horsemustang@​
720 499 6704
PO Box 159
Idledale, CO 80453
Speaker's Agency: Jodi Solomon or contact Linda Hogan


A HISTORY OF HAPPINESS: A New Collection of Poetry



Collection of Essays on Animals and
Indigenous Relationship with Animals


Deer Dance
(from Rounding the Human Corners)

This morning
when the chill that rises up from the ground is warmed,
the snow is melted
where the small deer slept.
See how the bodies leave their mark.
The snow reveals their paths on the hillsides,
the white overcrossing pathways into the upper meadows
where water comes forth and streams begin.
With a new snow the unseen becomes seen.
Rivers begin this way.

At the deer dance last year,
after the clashing forces of human good and evil,
the men dressed in black,
the human women mourning for what was gone,
the evergreen sprigs carried in a circle
to show the return of spring.
That night, after everything human was resolved,
a young man, the chosen, became the deer.
In the white skin of its ancestors,
wearing the head of the deer
above the human head
with flowers in his antlers, he danced,
beautiful and tireless,
until he was more than human,
until he, too, was deer.

Of all those who were transformed into animals,
the travelers Circe turned into pigs,
the woman who became the bear,
the girl who always remained the child of wolves,
none of them wanted to go back
to being human. And I would do it, too, leave off being human
and become what it was that slept outside my door last night.

One evening I hid in the bush south of here
and watched at the place where they shed their antlers
and where the deer danced, it was true,
as my old grandmother said,
water came up from the ground
and I could hear them breathing at the crooked river.
The road there I know, I live here,
and always when I walk it
they are not quite sure of me,
looking back now and then to see that I am still
far enough away, their gray-brown bodies,
the scars of fences,
the fur never quite straight,
as if they'd just stepped into it.