Linda K. Hogan (born 1947 Denver) is a Native American poet, storyteller, academic, playwright, novelist, environmentalist and writer of short stories. She is currently the Chickasaw Nation's Writer in Residence.
Linda Hogan is Chickasaw. Her father is a Chickasaw from a recognized historical family and Linda's uncle, Wesley Henderson, helped form the White Buffalo Council in Denver during the 1950s. It was to help other Indian people coming to the city because of The Relocation Act, which encouraged migration for work and other opportunities. He had a strong influence on her and she grew up relating strongly to both her Chickasaw family in Indian Territory (Oklahoma) and to a mixed Indian community in the Denver area. At other times, her family traveled because of the military.
Her first university teaching position was in American Indian Studies and American Studies at the University of Minnesota. After writing her first book, Calling Myself Home, she continued to write poetry. Her work has both a historical and political focus, but is lyrical. Her most recent books are The Book of Medicines (1993) and Rounding the Human Corners. (2008) She is also a novelist and essayist. Her work centers on the world of Native peoples, from both her own indigenous perspective and that of others. She was a full professor of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado and then taught the last two years in the University's Ethnic Studies Department. She currently is the Writer in Residence for her own Chickasaw Nation.
Essayist, novelist, and poet, Hogan has published works in many different backgrounds and forms. Her concentration is on environmental themes. She has acted as a consultant in bringing together Native tribal representatives and feminist themes, particularly allying them to her Native ancestry. Her work, whether fiction or non-fiction, expresses an indigenous understanding of the world.
She has written essays and poems on a variety of subjects, both fictional and nonfictional, biographical and from research. Hogan has also written historical novels. Her work studies the historical wrongs done to Native Americans and the American environment since the European colonization of North America.
Hogan was a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Oklahoma. She is the (inaugural) Writer-in-Residence for the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma. In October 2011, she instructed a writing workshop through the Abiquiu Workshops in Abiquiu, New Mexico.
Awards & recognition
- Mountains and Plains Booksellers Spirit of the West Literary Achievement Award, 2007
- Writer of the Year (Creative Prose), Wordcraft Circle Award, 2002
- Lifetime Achievement Award, Native Writers' Circle of the Americas, 1998
- Colorado Book Award, 1996
- Lannan Award, 1994
- Colorado Book Award, 1993
- Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction, 1991
- Guggenheim Fellow, 1991
- Finalist, Pulitzer Prize for Literature, 1990.
- American Book Award, Before Columbus Foundation, 1986
- Stand magazine Fiction Award, 1983
- Five Civilized Tribes Play Writing Award, 1980
- Inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 2007
- Indios, poems, Wings Press 2012
- Walk Gently Upon the Earth, Lulu Enterprises Inc., 2010, ISBN 978-0-557-17600-7
- The Inner Journey: Views from Native Traditions (ed.) Morning Light Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-59675-026-5
- Rounding the Human Corners: Poems, Coffee House Press, 2008, ISBN 978-1-56689-210-0
- People of the Whale: A Novel. W. W. Norton & Company. 2008. ISBN 978-0-393-06457-5.; W. W. Norton & Company, 2009, ISBN 978-0-393-33534-7
- The Woman Who Watches Over the World: A Native Memoir. W.W. Norton. 2001. ISBN 978-0-393-05018-9.; W. W. Norton & Company, 2002, ISBN 978-0-393-32305-4
- The Sweet Breathing of Plants: Women and the Green World, 2000; North Point Press, 2001, ISBN 978-0-86547-559-5
- Power. W. W. Norton & Company. 1998. ISBN 978-0-393-04636-6.; W. W. Norton & Company, 1999, ISBN 978-0-393-31968-2
- Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World. W.W. Norton. 1995. ISBN 978-0-393-03784-5.; Simon and Schuster, 1996, ISBN 978-0-684-83033-9
- Solar Storms. Scribner. 1995. ISBN 978-0-684-81227-4.; Simon and Schuster, 1997, ISBN 978-0-684-82539-7
- The book of medicines: poems, Coffee House Press, 1993, ISBN 978-1-56689-010-6
- Red Clay: Poems and Stories, Greenfield Review Press, 1991, ISBN 978-0-912678-83-2
- Mean Spirit Atheneum, 1990, ISBN 978-0-689-12101-2
- Savings: Poems. Coffee House Press. 1988. ISBN 978-0-918273-41-3.
- Seeing Through the Sun. University of Massachusetts Press. 1985. ISBN 978-0-87023-472-9.
- Eclipse, American Indian Studies Center, University of California, 1983, ISBN 978-0-935626-18-6
- Daughters, I Love You, Research Center on Women, 1981
- A Piece of Moon (1981)
- Calling Myself Home, Greenfield Review Press, 1978
- Dennis, Helen M. Native American Literature: Towards a Spatialized Reading. London, Routledge 2006. pp. 61–85.
- List of writers from peoples indigenous to the Americas
- Native American Renaissance
- Native American Studies
- Jennifer McClinton-Temple, Alan R. Velie (2007). Encyclopedia of American Indian literature. Infobase Publishing. ISBN 978-0-8160-5656-9.
- "Dynamic Women of the Chickasaw Nation." Chickasaw Nation. 16 April 2009 (retrieved 17 Dec 2009)
- Chickisaw Hall of Fame
- Very complete bibliography and links to other online resources
- Page containing an audio clip of Hogan reading
- Profile at "Writers on the Edge"
- Linda Hogan's web page
- In Depth interview with Hogan, July 3, 2011