Marcie Rendon

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Marcie Rendon
Marcie Rendon
Marcie Rendon at the 2022 Texas Book Festival
Born1952 (age 71–72)
Occupationplaywright, poet, writer
NationalityWhite Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
Alma materMoorhead State University (BA)
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (MA)
Genrejuvenile nonfiction
Notable awardsMcKnight Foundation's Distinguished Artist Award (2020)[1]

Marcie Rendon (born 1952)[2] is a Native American playwright, poet, author, and community arts activist based in Minneapolis. She is an enrolled member of the White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.

Rendon founded Raving Native Productions theater.[3] Along with various plays, screenplays, poems and short stories,[2] she has written two nonfiction books for children,[2] and three crime fiction novels. Her first novel Murder on the Red River won the 2018 Pinckley Prize for Debut Crime Fiction.[4] Her second novel Girl Gone Missing was shortlisted for the 2020 G. P. Putnam's Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award.[5] Her most successful theatre work to date is "Free Frybread Telethon", a play which satirizes the American prison system and its treatment of Native Americans.[3]


Rendon graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice and a BA in Indian Studies from Moorhead State University in 1975. In 1991 she graduated with a MA in Human Development from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota of Winona in Minneapolis.[2]


Rendon applied to the Loft Inroads program where she met Anishinabe writer[6] Jim Northrup who became her mentor.[2] She founded Raving Native Productions in 1996.[3] Rendon was chosen as the first Native American woman to receive the McKnight Foundation's 2020 Distinguished Artist Award.[1] In June 2019, Rendon was featured in the Visual Collaborative Polaris catalogue, under the Voyager series for humanities, she was interviewed alongside 25 people from around the world such as; Seun Kuti, Berla Mundi and Aya Chebbi.[7][8][9]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2018: Pinckley Prize for Debut Crime Fiction (Murder on the Red River)[4]
  • 2002: Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Award (Farmer's Market)[2]
  • 2002: WLA Children's Book Award (Farmer's Market)[10]
  • 1997: Nomination for Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Sciences (Pow Wow Summer)[2]
  • 2020: McKnight Foundation's Distinguished Artist Award[1]
  • 2020: Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Adler University[11]


Children's nonfiction[edit]

  • Powwow Summer: A Family Celebrates the Circle of Life (1996, Carolrhoda Books)[12]
  • Farmer's Market: Families Working Together (2001, Carolrhoda Books)[13]

Crime fiction[edit]

  • Murder on the Red River (2017, Cinco Puntos Press,[14] republished by Soho Press in 2022[15])
  • Girl Gone Missing (2019, Cinco Puntos Press,[16] republished by Soho Press in 2022[17])
  • Sinister Graves (October 2022, Soho Press)[18]

Short Stories[edit]

  • "Wingless" in Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology (September, 19th, 2023) [19]


  1. ^ a b c "McKnight Foundation names Ojibwe author Marcie Rendon Distinguished Artist of the year". MPR News. 23 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Steeves, Carolyn. "Marcie Rendon" (PDF). Voices from the Gaps, University of Minnesota. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Hobbes, Dwight (18 February 2009). "MN VOICES | Marcie Rendon". Twin Cities Daily Planet. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  4. ^ a b "Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction | Past Winners". Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  5. ^ "Edgar Award Nominees". Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  6. ^ "Marcie Rendon (Authors) - Strong Nations". Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  7. ^ "Marcie Rendon Interview by Visual Collaborative". Visual Collaborative. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  8. ^ "U.S based Festival Platform Visual Collaborative features Seun Kuti & Other Africans". BellaNaija. 17 June 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Seun Kuti, Chris Uwaje, Others to be featured on Visual Collaborative". Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Wisconsin Library Association - Outstanding Book Awards". Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  11. ^ "Author and Arts Activist to Address 2020 Graduates in Virtual Ceremony". Adler University. 2020-12-02. Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  12. ^ Rendon, Marcie R; Bellville, Cheryl Walsh (1996). Powwow summer: a family celebrates the circle of life. Minneapolis, Minn.: Carolrhoda Books. ISBN 978-0-585-34120-0. OCLC 47011928.
  13. ^ Rendon, Marcie R; Bellville, Cheryl Walsh (2001). Farmer's market: families working together. Carolrhoda Books. ISBN 978-1-57505-462-9. OCLC 44117885.
  14. ^ Rendon, Marcie R (2017). Murder on the Red River. Cinco Puntos Press. ISBN 978-1-941026-52-6. OCLC 945948756.
  15. ^ "Murder on the Red River". Soho Press. Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  16. ^ Rendon, Marcie R; Rendon, Marcie R (2019). Girl gone missing. Cinco Puntos Press. ISBN 978-1-947627-11-6. OCLC 1055914927.
  17. ^ "Girl Gone Missing". Soho Press. Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  18. ^ "Sinister Graves". Soho Press. Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  19. ^ "Never Whistle at Night: 9780593468463 | Books". Retrieved 2024-01-09.