October 10, 2015

20 Native American Authors You Need to Read

James Welch (via)
The Open Education Database put up this great post in 2012 about Native writers you need to be reading, most of whom are from the West. I don’t know about you, but I love these kinds of posts. Make sure to click over to their post to read details about each of the authors.
November is Native American Heritage Month, a celebration meant to give recognition to the significant contribution the native peoples have made to the history, culture, and growth of the United States. One way to get into the spirit of things is by reading works by some of the greatest Native American authors from the past century. …
  • Sherman Alexie
  • Leslie Marmon Silko
  • Janet Campbell Hale
  • Paula Gunn Allen
  • Vine Deloria Jr.
  • N. Scott Momaday
  • Duane Niatum
  • Gerald Vizenor
  • Louise Erdrich
  • James Welch
  • Barney Bush
  • Joy Harjo
  • Simon J. Ortiz
  • nila northSun
  • Charles Eastman
  • John Joseph Mathews
  • Diane Glancy
  • Winona LaDuke
  • Wendy Rose
  • David Treuer
Click over to the Open Education Database to read the whole post.

A Bold Reboot

One cannot be pessimistic about the West, right?

I find myself increasingly struck by the optimism of the West.

By that I mean that there are all these great writers doing all this great work. Claire Vaye Watkins and Alan Heathcock and Ben Percy and Jen Percy and so many more.

Not only that but there is a vital literary culture that incorporates many inheritances.  We might have to drive or fly a bit to get there, but it’s all brainstorming time, right? Or listening to a book on tape.

So I just haven’t been able to let Native Home of Hope go.

Another thing happened.  I became a Wikipedian and had a set-to with gatekeepers about the legitimacy of the literary West.  Apparently we aren’t a legitimate group ~ and I suspect they don’t believe we’re legit in other ways. Go here to read more about it as it relates to gender, though region is mentioned toward the end, and go here to see the Wiki Talk about my entry on Contemporary Writers of the American West.

See, the problem is that there is no place to go online to get a list of all the great writers of the West who are doing great work now.  If you search for western writers or writers of the West, almost all entries are for the genre of Westerns. Westerns are great, but they by no means encompass what we’re trying to accomplish, the great questions we’re exploring. And they leave a lot of people out.

So I had created a list for Wikipedia that they rejected, and I wanted some place to put it. Why not Native Home of Hope? It’s perfect.  And along with that, I’ll reboot the site, making it less time-intensive for editors by creating evergreen content and not posting as often. 

My vision for Native Home of Hope has always been to be a gathering place and clearinghouse for writers of the America West. Please join me. If you have something you’d like to have posted here, send it our way. If you have a new book out or a book tour coming up, let’s post about it here. We're taking fiction and poetry too.

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