Allison Hedge Coke

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Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Born August 4, 1958
Amarillo, Texas
Occupation Poet, Writer, Artist, Performer, Filmmaker, Educator, Organizer
Genre Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Script, Lyric
Notable works Dog Road Woman'Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer'Off-Season City Pipe Blood Run Streaming
Notable awards American Book Award;
King*Chavez*Parks Award (numerous others)
Website
allisonhedgecoke.com rdkla.com

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke was primarily raised in North Carolina with some time on the Great Plains & Canada. Her debut book, Dog Road Woman, won the American Book Award and was the first finalist of the Paterson Poetry Prize & Diane DeCora Award since then, she has written five more award winning books and edited eight unique anthologies.

Background[edit]

Hedge Coke was born in Texas and grew up and came of age in North Carolina, Canada, and on the Great Plains. Her early adult life was also spent in North Carolina until she was 27. Her mother suffered from schizophrenia and spent many years in asylums. From the ages of 13-27, her work includes factory packer, waitressing, field worker, sharecropper (tobacco, sweet potatoes), dog trainer, horse trainer, wrangler, construction (heavy equipment, frame carpentry, wrecking crew), computer coding, night auditing, commercial fisher, maid, songwriter, musician and after school program instructor. Her family's heritage includes: Metis, Huron, French Canadian, Luso, Cherokee, Irish and Scot. Her father was born in the US and her mother in Canada. [1][2]

Career[edit]

Hedge Coke held a National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Visiting Professor/Writer appointment for Hartwick College (2004), is an original and emeritus fellow of the Black Earth Institute Think-Tank, a MacDowell Colony for the Arts Fellow, a Hawthorden Castle Fellow, a Soul Mountain Fellow, a Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities Fellow, a current University of Nebraska–Lincoln Center for Great Plains Study Fellow {flagship campus}, served as the Distinguished Paul W. Reynolds and Clarice Kingston Reynolds Endowed Chair in English, and as an Associate Professor of Poetry & Creative Writing in the English Department of the University of Nebraska at Kearney (2007–2012) and as a Visiting Artist of the University of Central Oklahoma (2012–2014). She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (2014). [3][4]

Discography[edit]

  • Streaming, Long Person Records, with her band Rd Klā (album).[5]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Streaming, Coffee House Press (poems) Split This Rock Teaching for Change Best Books of 2014 ISBN 978-1-56689-375-6

Finalist: 2015 Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award for superior cover art. Finalist: 2015 Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal for most thought-provoking book.Finalst: 2015 2015 Eric Hoffer Award. Longlist: 2015 PEN/Open Book Award .[6]

  • "Effigies II: An Anthology of New Indigenous Writing." Editor, Salt Publishing. 2014[7]
  • Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer, University of Nebraska Press (memoir, paperback edition), ISBN 978-0-8032-4846-5 Native America Calling Book of the Month.[8]
  • "Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas", Editor, University of Arizona Press. 2011.[9]
  • "Effigies: An Anthology of New Indigenous Writing", Pacific Rim, Editor, Salt Publishing. 2009.[10]
  • "also, acquisition editor: Bone Light" by Orlando White, Red Hen Press. 2009.
  • Ahani: Indigenous American Poetry", Editor, Oregon State University.[11]
  • Blood Run", Salt Publishing (poems (free verse play poems)) ISBN 1844712664 Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year Award. Native America Calling Book of the Month.[12]
  • Off-Season City Pipe, Coffee House Press (poems) ISBN 978-1-56689-171-4

Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year Award, New York Book Festival Mention [Poetry] Native America Calling Book of the Month.[13]

  • From the Fields, Editor, California Poets in the Schools Press.[14]
  • Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer, University of Nebraska Press (memoir) ISBN 978-0-8032-1527-6) Native America Calling Book of the Month.

AIROS Book-of-the-Month, Booklist ALA Starred.[15][16]

Books edited or co-edited[edit]

Edited Books

  • "Effigies II: An Anthology of New Indigenous Writing." Editor, Salt Publishing. 2014[11] [21]
  • "Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas", Editor, University of Arizona Press. 2011.[12] [9]
  • "Effigies: An Anthology of New Indigenous Writing", Pacific Rim, Editor, Salt Publishing. 2009.[13]
  • "Bone Light" by Orlando White, series editor, Red Hen Press. 2009.[22]
  • From the Fields, Editor, California Poets in the Schools Press. [14] [14]
  • Ahani: Indigenous American Poetry", Editor, Oregon State University. [15] Oregon State University.[11]
  • They Wanted Children, Editor, Sioux Falls School District Press. Sioux Falls School District (South Dakota) Sioux Falls School District (South Dakota) Poems and stories of coping. The Lost Boys from Sudan, American Indian students, Immigrant...
  • Coming to Life, Editor, Sioux Falls School District Press. Sioux Falls School District (South Dakota)[16]. Sioux Falls School District (South Dakota)[17] Poems of Peace After 9-11.
  • It's Not Quiet Anymore: New Work from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Co-Senior Editor with Heather Ahtone, Institute of American Indian Arts Press. [17] Institute of American Indian Arts Press.[20]
  • Voices of Thunder: New Work from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Co-Editor with Heather Ahtone, Institute of American Indian Arts Press.*"Institute of American Indian Arts Press.[20]

Writing available online[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

In an American Library Association starred Booklist review of Blood Run[23] ALA reviewer Patricia Monaghan described Hedge Coke as William Blake.

Of the mathematic prosody in "Blood Run" Chadwick Allen [24] won a Don D. Walker Award for his critical paper published in "American Literature" of Duke Journals.[25] Of Dog Road Woman Amiri Baraka described her as "skilled" and "spirited".[18][26]

Mira Bartok's review of Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer in Fourth Genre[27][28]

Reviews highlighted on University of Nebraska Press page[29] include, Billings Gazette Reviewer's (Chris Rubich) statement as "Razor-sharp."

Nebraska Writers Page, "What the Critics Say" Gathers review listings at Creighton University.[30]

South Dakota Center for the Books Festival Featured Author[31]

Noted on Hate Crimes[32]

Interviews or autobiographical essays[edit]

Awards[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Biographical information from Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer cite page of memoir
  2. ^ "Placeholder: Carolina Poems of Love and Labor | Southern Spaces". southernspaces.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  3. ^ University of Nebraska Biographical Information Link for Endowed Chair
  4. ^ "Allison Hedge Coke". english.hawaii.edu. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  5. ^ "Rd Klā & Allison Adelle Hedge Coke | Streaming | CD Baby Music Store". web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  6. ^ "Streaming | Coffee House Press". coffeehousepress.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  7. ^ "Effigies II, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Laura Da’, Ungelbah Davila et al., Poetry by individual poets, 9781844718955 | buy from Salt". saltpublishing.com. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  8. ^ "Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer - University of Nebraska Press". nebraskapress.unl.edu. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  9. ^ a b "Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas". uapress.arizona.edu. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  10. ^ "Effigies, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, dg nanouk okpik, Cathy Tagnak Rexford & Brandy Nalani McDougall, Poetry anthologies (various poets), 9781844714070 | buy from Salt". saltpublishing.com. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  11. ^ a b http://oregonstate.edu/dept/foreign_lang/totopos/description.html
  12. ^ "Blood Run, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Poetry by individual poets, 1844712664 | buy from Salt". saltpublishing.com. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  13. ^ http://coffeehousepress.org/shop/off-season-city-pipe-2/
  14. ^ a b "Welcome to California Poets In the Schools". cpits.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  15. ^ "Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer - University of Nebraska Press". nebraskapress.unl.edu. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  16. ^ "Native America Calling". nativeamericacalling.com. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  17. ^ a b "Coming to Life: allison Adelle Hedge Coke: 9780972237000: Amazon.com: Books". web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  18. ^ a b http://coffeehousepress.org/shop/dog-road-woman-2/
  19. ^ "NCW--Selected Publications of". mockingbird.creighton.edu. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  20. ^ a b c http://www.spdbooks.org/Products/14794/its-not-quiet-anymore-new-work-from-the-institute-of-american-indian-arts.aspx
  21. ^ "http://www.saltpublishing.com/writers/profile.php?recordID=208324"
  22. ^ "http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/i-dont-stand-alone-poets-orlando-white-and-sherwin-bitsui-on-the-importance-of-mentors/">
  23. ^ "ALA | News". ala.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  24. ^ "Allen | English". english.osu.edu. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  25. ^ "Serpentine Figures, Sinuous Relations: Thematic Geometry in Allison Hedge Coke's Blood Run". americanliterature.dukejournals.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  26. ^ "Dog Road Woman | Coffee House Press". coffeehousepress.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  27. ^ "Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction | MSU Press". msupress.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  28. ^ "Project MUSE - Login". muse.jhu.edu. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  29. ^ " "Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer - University of Nebraska Press". nebraskapress.unl.edu. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  30. ^ "NCW--What the Critics Say About". mockingbird.creighton.edu. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  31. ^ http://www.freewebs.com/sdfestivalofbooks/presenters.htm
  32. ^ Kari Sable. "Hate Crimes". karisable.com. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  33. ^ "Mississippi Quarterly: News". missq.msstate.edu. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  34. ^ http://www.sdpb.org/Archives/ProgramDetail.asp?ProgID=6810
  35. ^ feed://podcast.com/show/74314/rss
  36. ^ Porter, J.; Roemer, K.M. (2005). The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature. Cambridge University Press. p. 155. ISBN 9780521822831. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  37. ^ "CT Review | A semi Annual Publication Serving National Literary and Intellectual Discourse". ct.edu. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  38. ^ http://www.unk.edu/acad/english/index.php?id=5913
  39. ^ University of Nebraska Biographical Page for Endowed Chair
  40. ^ a b "Center for Great Plains Studies | University of Nebraska–Lincoln". unl.edu. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  41. ^ a b c d http://www.artscouncil.sd.gov/aisc/lit5.aspx
  42. ^ "EBSCO Online Library Search Engine Directory - Find Articles, News, Periodicals and Other Premium Online Content". connection.ebscohost.com. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  43. ^ a b c d "Wordcraft Circle — of Native Writers and Storytellers". wordcraftcircle.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  44. ^ http://oregonstate.edu/dept/foreign_lang/totopos/index.html
  45. ^ http://www.un.org/Pubs/chronicle/2006/issue2/0206p65.htm
  46. ^ "Redirect To Michigan.gov Portal". michigan.gov. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  47. ^ "Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation - Welcome". sfacf.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  48. ^ "Joyce - Links". web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  49. ^ "New Mexico Press Women | New Mexico's largest inclusive media organization". newmexicopresswomen.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  50. ^ "PEN American Center - The Present Past: Celebrating Writers of Color". web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  51. ^ http://www.unk.edu/acad/english/index.php?id=39530
  52. ^ "Hartwick-The Visiting Writers Series". hartwick.edu. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  53. ^ The University of Nebraska at Kearney Endowed Chair Faculty webpage