Linda Hogan can teach us a generous vision of nature. In her poems, novels, stories, and nonfiction, she shows a love of the created order that exists not at the expense of love of humanity, but as a fuller expression of that love. To be human, according to her vision, is to be situated on the planet, and to be sensitive to its moods, its angles, its secrets, and its kinds of life—animal, vegetable, and even mineral. Hogan possesses the skill of standing in awe of the earth’s mysteries, a sensitivity to the grace present in nature. Her language—careful, polished, serene, and strange—shocks us awake to the grandeur around us, and reminds us of our part in it. Hogan shows us our smallness, yes, but also our giftedness, our blessedness. This is not a fearful smallness, but the smallness of humility before something wildly, mightily alive.
Linda Hogan (Chickasaw) is an internationally recognized public speaker and author of poetry, fiction, and essays. Her novels include Mean Spirit, a winner of the Oklahoma Book Award, the Mountains and Plains Book Award, and a finalist for the Pulitzer; Solar Storms, a finalist for the International Impact Award; and Power. W.W. Norton is her publisher. Her poetry collectionThe Book of Medicines was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has also received the Colorado Book Award, a Minnesota State Arts Grant, an American Book Award, and a prestigious Lannan Fellowship for her poetry. In addition, she has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from both the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and Wordcraft Circle. Her nonfiction includes Dwellings, A Spiritual History of the Land, and The Woman Who Watches Over the World: A Native Memoir. In addition, she has written Sightings with Brenda Peterson and The Mysterious Journey of the Gray Whale for National Geographic Books, edited several anthologies on nature and spirituality, and written the script for Everything Has a Spirit, a PBS documentary on American Indian Religious Freedom.
Linda has also been involved for thirteen years with the Native Science Dialogues and the new Native American Academy.
“I have a new book of poems, Rounding the Human Corners, coming out from Coffee House Press. My new novel, The Man Who Killed the Whale, is almost finished and will be published by Norton. I will also be working on a book on Indian horses—I work now with youth and horses and writing. It was brief in the beginning, but I am expanding it. I also have a fair trade business which features women’s clothing and jewelry from around the world. My hope is to set up a fair trade website this next year, but concentrating on the writing may keep me on the road.”
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