Linda Hogan


Linda Hogan grew up in a military family and therefore moved often. As a result, she did not grow up within an Indian community (her tribal affiliation is Chickasaw). Most of her childhood was spent in Oklahoma and Colorado.

Linda was a professor in the English Dept. at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she received her M.A. in 1978. She has served on the National Endowment for the Arts poetry panel for two years and has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation as a volunteer.

The main focus and movement of Linda's work concerns the traditional indigenous view of and relationship to the land, animals and plants.

A short biography from the Internet Public Library's Native American Author's Project.

Writing available online

Deer Dance, a previously unpublished poem.
From The Snake People
From the University of Arizona Poetry Center
Crow Law


Linda has recently received a 2002 Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year Creative Prose: Memoir for The Woman Who Watches Over The World: A Native Memoir. In July 1998, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas. Linda received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 1986 for Seeing Through the Sun.

She received the Colorado Book Award in 1993 for The Book of Medicines, and in 1996 for Solar Storms. In 1994, Linda received the prestigious Lannan Award, which may not be applied for, for outstanding achievement in poetry. She has also received a Guggenheim grant, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Oklahoma Book Award for fiction in 1991 for her novel Mean Spirit, a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction, a Pushcart Prize, the D'Arcy McNickle Tribal Historian Fellowship by the Newberry Library, Chicago, and the Five Civilized Tribes Museum Playwriting Award. The Book of Medicines was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994. Mean Spirit was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer in 1990. Hogan has also been honored with the Outstanding Young Woman of the Year Award, for Community Service in 1980. Linda's short story Aunt Moon's Young Man was featured in Best American Short Stories (1989).

Books by Linda Hogan or containing her work

Poetry       icon

The Book of Medicines : Poems, Coffeehouse Press.
Annotations and Commentary on Tear
Red Clay : Poems and Stories, Greenfield Review Press.
This books contains Calling Myself Home and That Horse
That Horse, Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico: Pueblo of Acoma Press
Savings, Coffeehouse Press.
Eclipse, Bookpeople
Seeing Through the Sun (Juniper Prize), Univ of Massachusetts Press.
Calling Myself Home, Greenfield Review Press, N.Y. 1979, 2nd Edition 1982.
Daughters, I Love You, Loretto Heights Monograph Series, Denver, CO, 1981.

Prose       icon

Sightings: The Gray Whales' Mysterious Journey, with Brenda Peterson, National Geographic Society.
Woman Who Watches Over the World: A Native Memoir, Norton. (Due June 2001)
Power, Norton. (Hardcover)
Publisher's catalog entry for Power
Dwellings : A Spiritual History of the Living World, Touchstone Books
Mean Spirit, Ivy Books
A review of Mean Spirit by Lee Lawton from Woman's Books Online
Solar Storms : A Novel, Scribner. (Hardcover)
A review of Solar Storms in the New York Times Book Review online edition.
The Stories We Hold Secret: Tales of Women's Spirtual Development,
with Carol Bruchac and Judith McDaniel, Greenfield Review Press.
Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals, [Now Available]
with Brenda Peterson and Deena Metzger, Ballantine & Random House


A Piece of Moon, Produced Fall 1981, Okla. State University.
Everything Has a Spirit, narrative for video which has shown on PBS.

Anthologies Containing Linda's Work       icon

Eating Fire, Tasting Blood: Breaking the Great Silence of the American Indian Holocaust. MariJo Moore (Editor), Thunder's Mouth Pr. [2006]
From Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas, 1900-2002,
Ishmael Reed (Editor), Thunder's Mouth Press.
Without Reservation: Indigenous Erotica, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (Editor),
Kegedonce Press.
Skins: Contemporary Indigenous Writing, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Josie Douglas (Editors),
Kegedonce Press.
Women and God, Linda Hogan, Brenda Peterson (Editors), North Point Press.
The Sweet Breathing of Plants : Women Writing on the Green World,
Linda Hogan, Brenda Peterson (Editors), North Point Press.
Getting over the Color Green: Contemporary Environmental Literature of the Southwest,
Scott Slovic (Editor), Univ. AZ Press.
Visit Teepee Town : Native Writings After the Detours, Diane Glancy, Mark Nowak (Editors), Coffeehouse Press.
Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race
Jim Daniels (Editor), Wayne State Univ. Press.
Reinventing the Enemy's Language : Contemporary Native Women's Writing of North America
(Edited by Joy Harjo and Gloria Bird), W.W. Norton.
She Rises Like the Sun: Invocations of the Goddess by Contemporary American Women Poets,
Janine Canan (Editor), Crossing Press.
The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar (Editors), W. W. Norton.
Publisher's blurb
Home Places : Contemporary Native American Writing from Sun Tracks (Sun Tracks, Vol 31)
by Larry Evers (Editor), Ofelia Zepeda (Editor), Univ of Arizona Press.
A Circle of Nations : Voices and Visions of American Indians,
John Gattuso (Editor), Beyond Words Publishing Co.
Columbus & Beyond : Views from Native Americans,
Southwest Parks & Monuments.
Returning the Gift: Poetry and Prose from the First North American Native Writers' Festival
(Sun Tracks Books, No 29) University of Arizona Press.
Unsettling America : An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry,
Maria M. Gillan, Jennifer Gillan (Editors), Penguin USA
Smoke Rising : The Native North American Literary Companion, Janet Witalec, Visible Ink Press.
Durable Breath : Contemporary Native American Poetry, John E. Smelcer, D. L. Birchfield
(Editors), Salmon Run Pub.
Storming Heaven's Gate : An Anthology of Spiritual Writings by Women
Amber Coverdale Sumrall & Patrice Vecchione, Plume/Penguin Books.
Claiming the Spirit Within : A Sourcebook of Women's Poetry Marilyn Sewell (Editor)
Song of the Turtle : American Indian Fiction 1974-1994, Paula Gunn Allen (Editor), Ballantine Books.
Walking the Twilight : Women Writers of the Southwest, Kathryn Wilder (Editor), Northland Pub.
Spider Woman's Granddaughters: Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing
by Native American Women by Paula Gunn Allen, Fawcett Books
New Writers of the Purple Sage : An Anthology of Contemporary Western Writing,
by Russell Martin, Penguin USA
Wounds Beneath the Flesh, (Editor), White Pine Press.
Talking Leaves : Contemporary Native American Short Stories
by Craig Lesley, Katheryn Stavrakis (Editor) Dell Books
Earth Power Coming : Short Fiction in Native American Literature
Ed. by Simon J. Ortiz, Navajo Community College Press
The Remembered Earth : An Anthology of Contemporary Native American Literature
by Geary Hobson (Editor), Univ of New Mexico Press
That's What She Said : Contemporary Poetry and Fiction by Native American Women,
by Rayna Green (Editor) Indiana Univ Press
Songs from This Earth on Turtle's Back : An Anthology of Poetry by American Indian Writers
by Joseph Bruchac (Editor), Greenfield Review Press
Harper's Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry
by Duane Niatum (Editor) HarperCollins
Sisters of the Earth : Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature,
by Lorraine Anderson (Editor), Vintage Books.
Heart of the Land : Essays on Last Great Places
by Joseph Barbato (Editor), Lisa Weinerman (Editor), Barry Lopez (Introduction)
Growing Up Female : Stories by Women Writers from the American Mosaic
by Susan Cahill (Editor)
Beacon Book of Essays by Contemporary American Women
by Wendy Martin (Editor) (Hardcover)
Point Riders Great Plains Poetry Anthology Arn Henderson and Frank Parman,
Editors, Point Riders Press.
American Nature Writing 1994, John A. Murray, Editor, Sierra Club Books.
The Best American Short Stories, 1989, Margaret Atwood, Shannon Ravenel, Editors,
Houghton Mifflin Co.

Sources of Interviews with Linda and/or Essays on her Work    

From the Center of Tradition: Critical Perspectives on Linda Hogan, Barbara J. Cook (Editor), Univ. Colorado Press.
The Nature of Native American Poetry, Norma C. Wilson, Univ. New Mexico Press.
Linda Hogan, a special edition edited by John Purdy,
Studies in American Indian Literatures, Volume 11, Number 4, Winter 1999, including:
The Terrestrial and Aquatic Intelligence of Linda Hogan
      Donelle N. Dreeser
Linda Hogan's Tribal Imperative: Collapsing Space Through "Living" Tribal Traditions and Nature
      Melani Bleck
The Politics of Border in Linda Hogan's Mean Spirit
      Yonka Kronmova Krasneva
This Story is Brimming Around: An Interview with Linda Hogan, Carol Miller, ASAIL, V 2, No. 4.
Native American Writers of the United States, (Dictionary of Literary Biography, V. 175),
Kenneth M. Roemer (Editor), Gale Research.
Survival This Way : Interviews With American Indian Poets
Joseph Bruchac III (Editor), (Sun Tracks Books, No 15) University of Arizona Press
I Tell You Now : Autobiographical Essays by Native American Writers
by Brian Swann, Arnold Krupat, Brompton Books Corp.
The Writer on Her Work, Janet Sternberg, Editor, Norton.
Listening to the Land: Conversations About Nature, Culture, and Eros,
Derrick Jensen, Editor, Sierra Club Books.
Hogan exposes Native history in her storytelling fiction by Elisabeth Sherwin
Short article on a reading at UC DAvis, from the Printed Word


Approaching Poetry: Perspectives and Responses, Peter Schakel and Jack Ridl
St. Martin's Press.

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

© 1997 Linda Hogan and Karen Strom.

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