LeAnne Howe

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LeAnne Howe
Born (1951-04-29) April 29, 1951 (age 71)
  • Author
  • Playwright
  • Scholar
  • Poet

LeAnne Howe (born April 29, 1951, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) 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]

Early life and education[edit]

LeAnne Howe was born into a Choctaw family in Edmond, Oklahoma, and attended local schools as a child. She later attended Oklahoma State University, where she majored in English. She is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation.

Years later, Howe returned to studies, gaining a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2000 in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Norwich University.[3] Over the next few years, she began to shift toward the academic world. She taught, lectured and developed courses in Native American Studies at the University of Iowa and at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.[4]


Howe is an author, playwright, scholar, and poet. She has explored Native American experiences through writing screenplays. She has also written fiction, creative non-fiction, plays, and poetry. She has conducted public readings of her work, and has lectured in Japan, Jordan, Israel, Romania, and Spain.[5]

Howe's work has been published in various journals and anthologies.[6]

Honors and awards[edit]

She received the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award in 2002 for her novel Shell Shaker.[7] In 2006, Howe's collection of poetry Evidence of Red (Salt Publishing, UK 2005) won the Oklahoma Book Award.[8] In 2012, Howe was the recipient of a United States Artists Fellow award.[9] In 2015, Howe was awarded the first MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages for her second novel, titled Choctalking On Other Realities (Aunt Lute Books, 2013).[10]


  • Shell Shaker, Aunt Lute Books, San Francisco, 2001[11]
  • Evidence of Red: Poems and Prose, Salt Publishing, UK, 2005
  • Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story, Aunt Lute Books, 2007
  • Seeing Red, Pixeled Skins, American Indians and Film, Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, MI, 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[12]
  • Savage Conversations, Coffee House Press, 2019


  • 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, 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[13][14]
  • Screenwriter and on-camera narrator for Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire, 2006

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "LeAnne Howe". University of Georgia. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  2. ^ "LeAnne Howe :Biography". Poetry Foundation. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Curriculum Vitae Leanne Howe". The University of Illinois. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  4. ^ "LeAnne Howe". Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Native American Authors: LeAnne Howe". Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  6. ^ "LeAnne Howe (Choctaw) – Searching for Sequoyah". searchingforsequoyah.com. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  7. ^ "Multicultural Women's Press | Queer Publishing | Aunt Lute Books". Multicultural Women's Press | Queer Publishing | Aunt Lute Books. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  8. ^ 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. S2CID 162581881.
  9. ^ United States Artists Official Website
  10. ^ "MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures,..." Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  11. ^ Monika, Siebert (2015). "Fictions of the Gruesome Authentic in LeAnne Howe's Shell Shaker". Indians Playing Indian : Multiculturalism and Contemporary Indigenous Art in North America. University of Alabama Press. ISBN 978-0817387983.
  12. ^ "On the Prairie Diamond: The Weblog of LeAnne Howe". On the Prairie Diamond: The Weblog of LeAnne Howe. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  13. ^ "LeAnne Howe". www.hanksville.org. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  14. ^ "LeAnne Howe | Vision Maker Media". www.visionmakermedia.org. Retrieved 2019-03-09.

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