Janet Campbell Hale


Janet Campbell Hale, Coeur d'Alene, was born in Riverside, CA. Her father was a full blood Coeur d'Alene and her mother was Kootenay/Cree/Irish. She spent part of her childhood on the Coeur d'Alene and Yakima reservations, attending high school in Wapato, WA. Ms. Hale attended City College of San Francisco for a year before transferring to the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated in 1974 with a degree in rhetoric. She then studied law at UC Berkeley for 2 years. Ms. Hale later returned to graduate school at the University of California at Davis where her M.A. thesis in English was the novel The Jailing of Cecelia Capture. Also an artist, Ms. Hale painted the cover for her forthcoming book of short fiction, Women on the Run. She is currently painting a mural at the Coeur d'Alene Tribal School.

Ms. Hale has held faculty positions at colleges and universities across the country. She has taught at Northwest Indian College, in Bellingham, WA, held positions as Writer-in-residence at the University of Oregon, Eugene, as Visiting Distinguished Writer at the University of Washington, Seattle, Eastern Washington University in Cheney, the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, and the University of Idaho, Moscow, as Thornton Writer at Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA, and, most recently, as Visiting Professor of Native American Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has held the Richard Thompson Lectureship at Iowa State University, Ames and the Claremont Lectureship at the College of Illinois.

Ms. Hale is currently living on the Coeur d'Alene reservation in Desmet, ID.

The Janet Campbell Hale site on Voices in the Gaps is available.
A short biography from the Internet Public Library's Native American Author's Project is available.

Writing available online

Dora Lee in Love
Excerpt from Bloodlines: Odyssey Of A Native Daughter, from the University of Arizona Press.
Native America Calling interview with Janet

Awards and Honors

The Jailing of Cecelia Capture was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1985 and was first runner-up for the Great Lakes Association of Colleges Book Award and first runner-up to Lonesome Dove for the Western Writers of America Book Award.

Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native Daughter was a winner of the 1995 American Book Award in Creative Non-fiction.

Ms. Hale has received a National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship in Creative Writing in 1995, a Carnegie Authors Fund grant in 1997, a Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing in 1998, a McNickle Research Fellowship at the The Newberry Library in Chicago in 1984. Earlier awards include The Vincent Price Poetry Award in 1964 and First Place in the New York Poetry Day Award in 1965.

Books by Janet Campbell Hale or containing her work       icon

Women on the Run, University of Idaho Press. [Now Available]
Bloodlines : Odyssey of a Native Daughter, University of Arizona Press.
First published by Random House; followed by HarperCollins.
The Owl's Song , University of New Mexico Press.
First Published by Doubleday in 1974. In print since then in editions by Avon, Bantam and HarperCollins.
Custer Lives in Humboldt County, Greenfield Review Press. (Out of Print)
The Jailing of Cecelia Capture , University of New Mexico Press.
First published by Random House. To be a Book of the Month Club selection in May, 1999.

Anthologies       icon

Reinventing the Enemy's Language : Contemporary Native Women's Writing of North America
(Edited by Joy Harjo and Gloria Bird), W.W. Norton. (Hardcover)
Circle of Women : An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women Writers
Kim Barnes (Editor), Mary Clearman Blew (Editor), Penguin USA,
Smoke Rising : The Native North American Literary Companion,
Janet Witalec, Visible Ink Press.
The Remembered Earth : An Anthology of Contemporary Native American Literature
by Geary Hobson (Editor), University of New Mexico Press
Songs from This Earth on Turtle's Back : An Anthology of Poetry by American Indian Writers,
Joseph Bruchac (Editor), Greenfield Review Press.
Voices of the Rainbow : Contemporary Poetry by Native Americans
by Kenneth Rosen (Editor), R.C. Gorman, Aaron Yava (Illustrator), Arcade Pub.
New and Old Voices of Wah'Kon-Tah, Robert K. Dodge, Joseph B. McCullough (Editors),
International Publishers Co.
The Third Woman : Minority Women Writers of the United States,
Dexter Fisher, Houghton Mifflin Co.

Biographical/Critical Works       icon

Native American Writers of the United States, (Dictionary of Literary Biography, V. 175),
Kenneth M. Roemer (Editor), Gale Research.
Janet Campbell Hale, Frederick Hale, Boise State University.

Work published in Translation

Parole nel Sangue: Poesia indiana americana contemporanea, Mondadori, 1991.
Freundschaft Mit Der Erde, Herder & Company, Wein, Austria, 1987.

In Association with Amazon.com

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

© 1999 Janet Campbell Hale and Karen Strom.

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