nila northSun

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nila northSun
Nila northSun.jpg
Schurz, Nevada, US
Literary movementNative American Renaissance
Notable worksA snake in her mouth: poems 1974–96

nila northSun is a Native American poet and tribal historian.

northSun's gritty, realistic poems about life both on and off the reservation have made her one of the most widely read of all Native American poets.

She is often considered an influential writer in the second wave of the Native American Renaissance.


northSun was born in 1951 in Schurz, Nevada to a Shoshone mother and a Chippewa father, Native American activist Adam Fortunate Eagle.[1]

Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she is a graduate of the University of Montana-Missoula.[2]

In 2000, the "Friends of the Library" group at the University of Nevada honored her with the Silver Pen Award for outstanding literary achievement.[3] Governor Kenny Guinn appointed her to the Nevada State Arts Council that same year.[2]

In 2004, she received the "Indigenous Heritage Award in Literature" from ATAYL, an international agency.[2]

She lives on the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Reservation in Fallon, Nevada and works as a grant writer for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.[1]



  • whipped cream and sushi (2008)
  • Love at gunpoint (2007)
  • A snake in her mouth: poems 1974–96 (1997)
  • Small bones, little eyes: poems (1981) (with Jim Sagel)
  • Coffee, dust devils and old rodeo bulls: poems (1979) (with first husband Kirk Robertson)
  • Diet pepsi and nacho cheese: poems (1977)


  • After the Drying Up of the Water, a tribal history of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone (1980)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b R.L. Crow: nila northSun, R.L. Crow Publications, 2004
  2. ^ a b c Thomas Meyers: brief biography of nila northSun, The Online Nevada Encyclopedia, February 13, 2008
  3. ^ Silver Pen Award recipient

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