Grantee: Eddie Chuculate
Native Citizenship: Muscogee (Creek)/Cherokee
Location: Muskogee, Okla.
Award: 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship
Web Site: O. Henry Prize Stories
Writer Eddie Chuculate was honored with a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship in Literature celebrating the gritty, deceptively simple stories he writes, portraying America, its dispossessed, its outlaws and its visionaries.
Black Sparrow Books published Cheyenne Madonna, a collection of short stories from the life of a Native man that begins with the story of his ancestor outrunning a hurricane. O. Henry prize juror Ursula K. Le Guin selected the opening story, “Galveston Bay, 1826,” as her favorite in the collection. Chuculate wrote while working as editor at newspapers in Tulsa, Albuquerque, Denver and Abu Dhabi. Universities across the country including the University of Arizona, Pennsylvania State and the University of Oklahoma include his work in their literature courses.
The award-winning author studied creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts and held a Wallace Stegner creative writing fellowship at Stanford University. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. Among other writing projects, a NACF Artist Fellowship in Literature will support his work on a novel about a family struggling to resolve their citizenship status as members of a Native Nation.