LeAnne Howe

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LeAnne Howe
Born (1951-04-29) April 29, 1951 (age 67)
Edmond, Oklahoma, U.S.
  • Author
  • Playwright
  • Scholar

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]

From her influence as 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] Following her previous award in 2002, Howe's collection of poetry, Evidence of Red (Salt Publishing, UK 2005), won the Oklahoma Book Award in 2006.[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 in 2015 for her second novel, Miko Kings: 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. Howe was born and educated in Oklahoma and while she primarily deals with Native American experiences within screenplays, 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]



  • 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

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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.

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