Maurice Kenny

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Maurice Kenny (born August 16, 1929 in Watertown, New York) is a Mohawk poet.

Life[edit]

Maurice Kenny was born on in Watertown, New York. His father is a Mohawk from Canada, and his mother was born in Upstate New York. The family spent time living both on and off the nearby reservation.

Kenny's father was a stern man, given to rough treatment of his son, and at 16 Maurice ran away from home, living in New York City for a brief period before returning home.

Maurice Kenny lives between Saranac Lake, and Potsdam. He occasionally teaches at North Country Community College, and retired from his teaching duties at SUNY Potsdam in 2011.

Education[edit]

Kenny was educated at Butler University, St. Lawrence University and New York University, where he studied with American poet Louise Bogan.

Career[edit]

Kenny was co-editor with Josh Gosciak of Contact/II, a literary magazine. Kenny is also the editor and publisher of Strawberry Press (most active in the 1970s and 1980s) and Many Moons Press. Strawberry Press publishes poems and artwork, often in postcard form, by Native Americans. Many Moons Press publishes poetry and artwork primarily from writers and artists associated with the North Country of New York State, including photographer Mark Kurtz and poet Dan Bodah.

Kenny has read his poetry throughout the United States and Europe. Notable New York City readings have included the Poetry Festival at St. Clement's Church, West 46th Street, Manhattan; Waterways: Poetry in the Mainstream readings and book fairs; the American Indian Community House; Poet's House; and many other venues.

Kenny has held residencies at a number of colleges and universities, including St. Lawrence University (which granted him an honorary doctorate in 1995), the American Indian Community House in New York City, the Oneida Indian Nation of Wisconsin, the University of California at Berkeley, the Enowkin Center, and Syracuse Community Writers (funded by the New York State Council on the Arts).

Awards & Honors[edit]

Nominations[edit]

  • In 1996, On Second Thought was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award in fiction.
  • Kenny was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, for his book Blackrobe: Isaac Jogues and the collection Between Two Rivers.

Poetry[edit]

  • The Hopeless Kill, Watertown Daily Times (1956)[4]
  • Dead Letters Sent, and Other Poems, Troubadour Press (1958)[5]
  • With Love to Lesbia, Aardvark Press (1959)[6]
  • And Grieve, Lesbia, Aardvark Press (1960)[7]
  • North: Poems of Home, Blue Cloud Quarterly (1977)[8]
  • Only As Far As Brooklyn, Good Gay Poets Press (1979)[9]
  • I Am The Sun, White Pine Press (1979)[10]
  • Dancing Back Strong the Nation: Poems by Maurice Kenny, with an introduction by [Paula Gunn Allen], White Pine Press (1981)[11]
  • Kneading the Blood, Strawberry Press (1981)[12]
  • Blackrobe: Isaac Jogues, b. March 11, 1607, d. October 18, 1646: Poems, North Country Community College Press (1982)[13]
  • Boston Tea Party, Soup Press (1982)[14]
  • The Smell of Slaughter, Blue Cloud Quarterly (1982)[15]
  • Wounds Beneath the Flesh (1983)
  • The Mama Poems, White Pine Press (1st ed. 1984, 2nd ed. 2008)[16]
  • Is Summer This Bear, Chauncy Press (1985)[17]
  • Between Two Rivers: Selected Poems, 1956-1984, White Pine Press (1985)[18]
  • Humors And/Or Not So Humorous, Swift Kick Press (1988)[20]
  • The Short and the Long of It, University of Arkansas Press (1990)[21]
  • Last Mornings in Brooklyn, Point Riders Press (1991)[22]
  • Tekonwatonti: Molly Brant (1735-1795): Poems of War, White Pine Press (1st ed. 1992, 2nd ed. 2008)[23]
  • On Second Thought: A Compilation, University of Oklahoma Press (1995)[24]
  • In the Time of the Present: New Poems, Michigan State University Press (2000)[25]
  • Carving Hawk: New and Selected Poems 1956-2000, White Pine Press (2005)[26]
  • Connotations, White Pine Press (2008)[27]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], accessed 3 June 2014.
  2. ^ List of NWCA Lifetime Achievement Awards, accessed 6 August 2010.
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  5. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  6. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  7. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  8. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  9. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  10. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  11. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  12. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  13. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  14. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  15. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  16. ^ [3] Google Books, last accessed 3 June 2014
  17. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  18. ^ [4] Google Books, last accessed 3 June 2014
  19. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  20. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  21. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  22. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  23. ^ [5] Google Books, last accessed 3 June 2014
  24. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  25. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."
  26. ^ [6], last accessed 3 June 2014.
  27. ^ Maurice Kenny: Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, ed. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey (SUNY Press 2011), p. 157, "Bibliography."