Shaunna Oteka McCovey


Shaunna Oteka McCovey (Yurok/Karuk) wrote her first poem at the age of six, while growing up on the Yurok Indian reservation in Northern California. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and holds a Master's Degree in social work from Arizona State. She has also earned both a Master's Degree in environmental law and a Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School. Her poems have appeared in News from Native California, Through the Eye of the Deer, and The Dirt is Red Here.

She is currently teaching at Humboldt State University in the Dept. of Social Work. With a background in law, she is very interested in exploring the intersections of social work and the law. As a member of the Yurok Tribe of Northern California, she particularly enjoys working with diverse populations and remains committed to strengthening Native American communities.

Her first full-length book of poetry, The Smokehouse Boys, will be published in 2004 under the Paula Gunn Allen American Indian Poets Series.

Writing available online

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Books by Shaunna Oteka McCovey or containing her work

Shaunna's Poetry       icon

The Smokehouse Boys, in the Paula Gunn Allen American Indian Poets Series in 2005, Heyday Books.
Swim You Every River, Coyotesse Books.

Anthologies Containing Shaunna's Work       icon

The Dirt Is Red Here: Art and Poetry from Native California, Margaret Dubin (Editor), Heyday Books.
Through the Eye of the Deer, Carolyn Dunn & Carol Comfort (Editors), Aunt Lute Books.

Journal Articles by Shaunna's       icon

Ascending poverty and inequality in Native America: An alternative perspective,
Journal of Poverty, 2, 4, 85-88, 1998.

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This is an "official" site in that this page was constructed with the assistance and active collaboration of the poet, Shaunna Oteka McCovey. The website "author" is Karen M. Strom.

© 2003 Shaunna Oteka McCovey and Karen Strom.

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