Susan Power

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Not to be confused with Susan Powers, the American painter.

Susan Power (born 1961) is a Standing Rock Dakota author from Chicago. She earned her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School. After a short career in law, she decided to become a writer, starting her career by earning an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop.

Her 1995 novel, The Grass Dancer, contains a complex plot about four generations of Native Americans, stretching from 1864 to 1986. The work received the 1995 PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction. Power has written several other books as well. Her short fiction has been published in the Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, Voice Literary Supplement, Ploughshares,[1] Story, and The Best American Short Stories 1993. She teaches at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.


  • The Grass Dancer, Putnam, 1994.
  • Strong Heart Society, Penguin, 1998.
  • Roofwalker, Milkweed Editions, 2002.


Further reading[edit]

  • Kratzert, M. "Native American Literature: Expanding the Canon" in Collection Building Vol. 17, 1, 1998, p. 4.

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