Linda Hogan (Chickasaw)Writer in Residence for The Chickasaw Nation, is an internationally recognized public speaker and writer of poetry, fiction, and essays. Her two new books are Rounding the Human Corners (Coffee House Press, April 2008, Pulitzer nominee) and People of the Whale (Norton, August 2008). Her other books include novels Mean Spirit, a winner of the Oklahoma Book Award, the Mountains and Plains Book Award, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Solar Storms, a finalist for the International Impact Award, and Power, also a finalist for the International Impact Award in Ireland. WW Norton has published her fiction. In 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. Her nonfiction includes Dwellings, A Spiritual History of the Land; 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 has written 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 writing. She has also worked with Native youth in horse programs and continues to teach Creative Writing. A former Professor at the University of Colorado she now lives and works in Oklahoma. Her newest work is as editor of thirty years of Parabola essays for a book, The Inner Journey: Native Traditions, from Morning Light Press, recently published. This is a collection of essays on Native myth and tradition excerpted from Parabola Magazine. In addition, she has just had a short documentary PBS/American Experience posted for the REEL/NATIVE series, A Feel for the Land. Hogan was only the second minority woman at the University of Colorado to become a Full Professor. Her main interests as both writer and scholar are environmental issues, indigenous spiritual traditions and culture. She is currently on the Board of Advisors for Orion Magazine, an environmental journal.
Her new book INDIOS, a long poem and performance piece,was published by Wings Press. Dark. Sweet. New and Selected Poetry is scheduled this year from Coffee House Press.
Hogan is currently researching, traveling, and writing about a new book about Chickasaw history, mythology, and lifeways: Rivers and Mounds of the Heart in addition to poetry and essays.
Hogan has also been involved for fifteen years with the Native Science Dialogues and the new Native American Academy and for many years with the SEED Graduate Institute in Albuquerque. She is a faculty member for the Indigenous Education Institute. She was one of two invited writer-speakers at the United Nations Forum in 2008. Hogan has had work translated in all major languages by the U.S. Information Office, and speaks and reads her work both nationally and internationally, most recently in Spain as keynote speaker at the Eco-criticism gathering in Alcala’ and at major universities in Taiwan, at the International Studies on Religion, Culture, and Nature in Amsterdam, and is a fellow of the Black Earth Institute.
She was a Plenary Speaker at the Environmental Literature Conference in Turkey in November 2009, and presented a 90 minute program at the International Congress of the Parliament of World Religions in Melbourne, as well as moderating and speaking on a panel on Tribal Sovereignty at the same Congress in December 2009.