LeAnne Howe

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LeAnne Howe
Born (1951-04-29) April 29, 1951 (age 69)
  • Author
  • Playwright
  • Scholar
  • Poet

LeAnne Howe (born April 29, 1951) is an American author and Eidson Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at the University of Georgia, Athens.[1] She previously taught American Indian Studies and English at the University of Minnesota and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign[2] and is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Howe's work has been published in various journals and anthologies.[3] From publishing her novel Shell Shaker, Howe has received the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award for 2002.[4] In 2006, Howe's collection of poetry Evidence of Red (Salt Publishing, UK 2005) won the Oklahoma Book Award.[5]

In 2012, Howe was the recipient of a United States Artists Fellow award.[6]

In 2015, Howe was awarded the first MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages for her second novel, a memoir titled Choctalking On Other Realities (Aunt Lute Books, 2013).[7]


LeAnne Howe attended Oklahoma State University in which she majored in English. Afterwards, Howe worked toward pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Norwich University in 2000.[8] Over the next couple years, Howe's career decisions began to shift towards the academic world, and she began teaching, lecturing, and developing courses in Native American Studies at the University of Iowa as well as Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. [9]


Howe is an author, playwright, scholar, and poet. Born and educated in Oklahoma and a member of the Choctaw Nation, she primarily deals with Native American experiences within screenplays, and she also writes fiction, creative non-fiction, plays, and poetry. She has had the chance to read her pieces of fiction, and has lectured in Japan, Jordan, Israel, Romania, and Spain.[10]


  • Shell Shaker (Aunt Lute Books, San Francisco, 2001)
  • Evidence of Red: Poems and Prose (Salt Publishing, UK, 2005)
  • Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story (2007, Aunt Lute Books)
  • Seeing Red, Pixeled Skins, American Indians and Film, Michigan State University Press, East Lancing, 2013
  • Choctalking on Other Realities (Aunt Lute Books, San Francisco, 2013)
  • Singing, Still,Libretto for the 1847 Choctaw Gift to the Irish for Famine Relief (The Irish Times)[11]


  • The Mascot Opera (Alexander Street Press, 2008)
  • Big PowWow
  • Indian Radio Days (Theatre C. G.,1998)


  • Co-editor with Harvey Markowitz, and Denise K. Cummings titled, Seeing Red, Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film, 2013
  • Co-producer with James Fortier for Playing Pastimes: American Indian Fast-Pitch Softball, and Survival, 2007[12][13]
  • Screenwriter and on-camera narrator for Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire, 2006

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  1. ^ "LeAnne Howe". University of Georgia. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  2. ^ "LeAnne Howe :Biography". Poetry Foundation. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  3. ^ "LeAnne Howe (Choctaw) – Searching for Sequoyah". searchingforsequoyah.com. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  4. ^ "Multicultural Women's Press | Queer Publishing | Aunt Lute Books". Multicultural Women's Press | Queer Publishing | Aunt Lute Books. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  5. ^ Squint, Kirstin L. (2010-09-19). "Choctawan Aesthetics, Spirituality, and Gender Relations: An Interview with LeAnne Howe". MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. 35 (3): 211–224. doi:10.1353/mel.2010.0009. ISSN 1946-3170.
  6. ^ United States Artists Official Website
  7. ^ "MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures,..." Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  8. ^ "Curriculum Vitae Leanne Howe". The University of Illinois. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  9. ^ "LeAnne Howe". Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Native American Authors: LeAnne Howe". Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  11. ^ "On the Prairie Diamond: The Weblog of LeAnne Howe". On the Prairie Diamond: The Weblog of LeAnne Howe. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  12. ^ "LeAnne Howe". www.hanksville.org. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  13. ^ "LeAnne Howe | Vision Maker Media". www.visionmakermedia.org. Retrieved 2019-03-09.

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