Diane Glancy

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Diane Glancy
Helen Diane Hall

Other names(Helen) Diane Glancy
Alma materBachelor of Arts in English literature, University of Missouri, 1964; Masters degree in English, University of Central Oklahoma, 1983; Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, 1988
OccupationPoet, author and playwright; English professor (Retired 2011)
EmployerMacalester College
Known forWriting Native American Literature
Spouse(s)Dwane Glancy (1964-1975)
ChildrenDavid Glancy and Jennifer Glancy
AwardsAmerican Book Award, Pushcart Prize, Capricorn Prize for Poetry, Native American Prose Award, Charles Nilon Fiction Award, Five Civilized Tribes Playwrighting Prize, North American Indian Prose Award, The Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, Oklahoma Book Award.

(Helen) Diane Glancy is an American poet, author and playwright of Cherokee descent.

Life and career[edit]

Glancy was born in 1941 in Kansas City, Missouri to a Cherokee-descent (non-enrolled) father and an English-German Mother.[1] At a young age, she had a hard time with determining her identity because of how her Indian lifestyle did not relate to what she was learning in school. Glancy decided to reclaim her Cherokee descent and found it easy to express in her poetry. She received her Bachelor of Arts (English literature) from the University of Missouri in 1964, then later continued her education at the University of Central Oklahoma, earning her a Masters degree in English in 1983.[2] In 1988, she received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa.[2]

Glancy is an English professor and began teaching in 1989 at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, teaching Native American literature and creative writing courses.[2] Glancy's literary works have been recognized and highlighted at Michigan State University in their Michigan Writers Series.[3]



Novels and prose works[edit]

  • Pushing the Bear: After the Trail of Tears, U Oklahoma Press: Norman (2009)
  • Stone Heart: A Novel of Sacajawea, Overlook Press (2003)
  • The Cold-and-Hunger Dance, U Nebraska Press (2002)
  • Designs of the Night Sky, U Nebraska Press (2002)
  • The Mask Maker: A Novel, U Oklahoma Press (2002)
  • The Man Who Heard the Land, Minnesota Historical Society Press (2001)
  • David: Taken from the New International Version of the Bible, IBS Publishing (2000)
  • Fuller Man, Moyer Bell Ltd. (1999)
  • The Voice that was in Travel, U Oklahoma Press (1999)
  • Flutie, Moyer Bell (1998)
  • Pushing the Bear, Harcourt Brace (1996)
  • The Closets of Heaven, Chax Press (1996)
  • Monkey Secret, TriQuarterly Books (1995)
  • The West Pole, Minnesota Center for Book Arts (1994)
  • Claiming Breath, U Nebraska Press (1992)
  • Trigger Dance, Fiction Collective Two (1990)
  • The Man Who Owns a Buffalo Trap, Central States University (1983)
  • The Woolslayer, Hadassah Press (1982)
  • Drystalks of the Moon, Hadassah Press (1981)
  • Traveling On, MyrtleWood Press (1980)

Poetry collections[edit]

  • Primer of the Obsolete, U Massachusetts Press (2004)
  • The Shadow’s Horse, U Arizona Press (2003)
  • In-Between Places, U. Arizona Press (2001)
  • The Stones for a Pillow, National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press (2001)
  • The Relief of America, Tia Chucha Press (2000)
  • (Ado)Ration, Chax Press (1999)
  • The Closets of Heaven, Chax Press (1999)
  • Fuller Man, Moyer Bell Ltd. (1999)
  • Asylum in the Grasslands, Moyer Bell (1998)
  • Boom Town, Black Hat Press (1997)
  • Two Worlds Walking, New Rivers Press (1996)
  • Coyote’s Quodlibet, Chax Press (1995)
  • Monkey Secret, TriQuarterly Books. (1995)
  • The West Pole, Minnesota Center For Book Arts (1997)
  • The Only Piece of Furniture in the House, Moyer Bell (1996)
  • Red Moon Walking Woman, Just Buffalo Literary Center (1995)
  • Lone Dog’s Winter Count, West End Press (1991)
  • Trigger Dance, Fictional Collective Two/Black Ice Books. (1991)
  • Iron Woman, New Rivers Press (1990)
  • Offering: Poetry and Prose, Holy Cow! Press (1988)
  • One Age in a Dream, Milkweed Editions (1986)
  • Brown Wolf Leaves the Res, Blue Cloud Quarterly (1984)
  • House on Terwilliger. House on Twenty-Fourth Street, Hadassah Press (1982)
  • Red Deer, MyrtleWood Press (1982)
  • What do People do West of the Mississippi?, MyrtleWood Press (1982)
  • The Way I Like to See a Softball Mitt, Hadassah Press (1981)


  • The Woman Who Was a Red Deer Dressed for the Deer Dance (1995)
  • The Best Fancy Dancer the Pushmataha Pow Wow's Ever Seen (1996)
  • War Cries: A Collection of Plays, Holy Cow Press (1997)
  • American Gypsy: Six Native American Plays, U Oklahoma Press (2002)
  • Cargo, Alexander Street Press (2006)
  • The Collector of a Three-Cornered Stamp, Alexander Street Press (2006)
  • The Conversion of Inversion, Alexander Street Press (2006)
  • The Distant Cry of Betelgeuse, Alexander Street Press (2006)
  • Man Red, Alexander Street Press (2006)
  • The Words of My Roaring,Alexander Street Press (2006)


  • Freeing the First Amendment: Critical Perspectives on Freedom of Expression, New York U Press (1995)
  • Naming Myself: Writings on Identity, Macalester College (1995)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Diane Glancy Biography - eNotes.com". eNotes. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  2. ^ a b c Handt, Melissa; Koch, Christopher; Ziemann, Shaundra. (2004). Diane Glancy. Voices from the Gaps. Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy, http://hdl.handle.net/11299/166172.
  3. ^ "Michigan Writers Series". Michigan State University Libraries. Retrieved 2012-07-15.

Further reading[edit]

  • The Salt Companion to Diane Glancy, ed. James Mackay. Cambridge: Salt, 2010. [1]. (Full text of final proofs available here: [2]).

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