Linda LeGarde Grover

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Linda LeGarde Grover
LanguageEnglish, Ojibwemowin
NationalityBois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe,[1] American
GenreFiction, Poetry, Essays
Notable worksOnigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year, The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives, The Road Back to Sweetgrass, The Dance Boots, In the Night of Memory, Gichigami Hearts: Stories & Histories From Misaabekong

Linda LeGarde Grover is an Anishinaabe novelist and short story writer. An enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe,[1] she is a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth,[2] as well as a columnist for the Duluth News Tribune.[3]


Born in 1950,[1] Grover is Ojibwe from Minnesota.


Grover's debut collection of short stories, The Dance Boots, won the Flannery O'Connor Award and the 2011 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize,[4] her poetry collection The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives the Red Mountain Press Editor's Award and the 2017 Northeastern Book Award for Poetry. Her first novel, The Road Back to Sweetgrass received the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers 2015 Fiction Award, the earlier unpublished manuscript the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas First Book Award 2008. Indian Country Media Network described the novel as being "is most notable for [...] its closely-observed and beautifully expressed perspective on contemporary American Indian life".[5] Critic Martha Viehmann places the novel in an Anishinaabe cultural context, writing in the academic journal Transmotion that "The setting on an imaginary Ojibwe reservation with ties to an urban area is like Erdrichs's novels. An English language novel sprinkled with Ojibwe words, many but not all translated, reminds me of Treuer's use of names in The Translation of Dr. Apelles. Satirical descriptions of a white professor who claims to be an expert on Indians and of the bumbling behavior of an outsider remind me of Vizenor's biting humor. The emphasis on the seasonal activities that mark the Ojibwe year echo Jim Northrup's stories. Yet Grover's voice is hers alone, one that clearly has a place in this growing body of contemporary Ojibwe literature."[6]

Grover's essay collection Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year received the 2018 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction.


  1. ^ a b c d Harjo, Joy; Foerster, Jenniefer Elise; Howe, LeAnne, eds. (2020). When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry. New York: W.W. Norton. p. 52. ISBN 9780393356816.
  2. ^ Linda Grover faculty homepage University of Minnesota Duluth Department of American Indian Studies. Published 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017
  3. ^ "Linda Legarde Grover | Duluth News Tribune". Archived from the original on 2017-09-11.
  4. ^ Alhart, Valerie (2 Nov 2011). "Linda LeGarde Grover Wins Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction". University of Rochester. Retrieved 30 Jun 2017.
  5. ^ Review of The Road Back to Sweetgrass by Tanya Lee. ICTMN 25 Nov 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2017
  6. ^ Viehmann, Martha (Fall 2015). "Review". Transmotion. University of Kent. 1 (1): 111. doi:10.22024/UniKent/03/tm.162. Retrieved 30 June 2017.