Gordon Henry

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Gordon Henry(born 1955) is a poet and fiction writer.

Life and work[edit]

Henry was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is an enrolled member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe of Minnesota.[citation needed] He received his PhD in Literature from the University of North Dakota and is currently a professor of English at Michigan State University.

Henry's literary works have been recognized and highlighted at Michigan State University in their Michigan Writers Series.[1]

Henry's first novel, The Light People (1994), explores Chippewa life and culture and the style takes some of its elements from the Chippewa style of oral story telling. He co-authored the textbook Ojibwa [2] and has released a book of poetry, The Failure of Certain Charms, (Earthworks). Gordon has also published short stories and poems in various journals and anthologies.

Further reading[edit]

  • Maceda, Maria Theresa Gilbert. Nuevas Tendencias De La Literatura Indian de Norte Americana: Entrevista A Gordon Henry, Escritor Anishinabe. A Distancia: Revista de la Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia. Primavera. Madrid, Spain. (1995). xxxiv - xxxviii.
  • Arce, Mario Luce. Henry: Los Nativos Americanos No Quieran Cargado con Imagenes del Pasado" La Nueva España de Asturias (Cultura). 27 de Mayo de 1995. Oviedo, España
  • Blaeser, Kimberly M. "The New "Frontier" of Native American Literature: Dis-Arming History with Tribal Humor." Native American Perspectives on Literature and History. Ed. Alan R. Velie. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995. 37 -50.
  • Stirrup, David. "Narrative Community, Community Narrative: (Anti) Academic Discourse in Gordon Henry's The Light People." Genre (39:1/2 2006).
  • Contemporary Authors Detroit: Gale Research, 1995
  • Kratzert, M. "Native American Literature: Expanding the Canon", Collection Building Vol. 17, 1, 1998, p. 4


  1. ^ "Michigan Writers Series". Michigan State University Libraries. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  2. ^ Ojibwa (North American Indians Today), Mason Crest Publishers (December 2003),

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