Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is excited to announce the release of The Larger Voice: Celebrating the Work of Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellows. This is the first publication by NACF that highlights the work of many of our National Artist Fellows in literature.
It has been our pleasure to work with Rena Priest, (Lhaq’temish [Lummi] Nation), Washington State Poet Laureate, as curator and editor of the anthology. Priest is a Maxine Cushing Gray Distinguished Writing Fellow, and the recipient of an American Book Award, an Allied Arts Foundation Professional Poets Award and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, Nia Tero, Indigenous Nations Poets and the Vadon Foundation.
“Each of the writers featured in this collection carries the distinction of being named a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellow in literature. They are recognized for excellence in their work in literature, and their willingness to use their gifts to create offerings of beauty and truth for the benefit of the people,” says Rena Priest.
“The intention of this collection is to celebrate their voices and to build pathways of understanding and education that will carry their writing to the four corners of the world, reclaiming social narratives around Native cultures and perspectives and highlighting the crucial contributions of contemporary Native writers.”
The Larger Voice
Celebrating Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellows
The Larger Voice: Celebrating Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellows is a carefully curated selection of extraordinary Native writers.
The vivid cover art is by Dyani White Hawk (Sičáŋǧu Lakota), a 2017 NACF Mentor Artist Fellow and visual artist and includes a foreword written by 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation) who is also NACF’s Board Chair.
The Larger Voice: Celebrating the Work of Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellows is an essential reading guide to some of the most contemporary Native literature. Consider this anthology as a place where many of our best Native speakers stand together to give us what is as essential as water: stories, prose, and poetry that will incite inspiration, community, and growth, because in this profoundly changing world, we need their words.
― Joy Harjo, NACF Board Chair & U.S. Poet Laureate
The NACF Literature Fellows included in the Anthology are as follows:
- Sherwin Bitsui (Diné)
- Laura Da’ (Eastern Shawnee)
- Natalie Diaz (Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe)
- Heid E. Erdrich (Ojibwe / Turtle Mountain)
- Kelli Jo Ford (Citizen of the Cherokee Nation)
- Santee Frazier (Citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
- Linda Hogan (Chickasaw)
- Layli Long Soldier (Citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation)
- Mona Susan Power (Enrolled Member of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation)
- Luci Tapahonso (Diné [Navajo])
- David Treuer (Ojibwe)
- Michael Wasson (Nez Perce [Nimíipuu])
- Elizabeth Woody (The Confederated Tribes of the Reservation at Warm Springs, Oregon)
Sherwin Bitsui (Diné) is originally from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. He is Diné of the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tl’izilani (Many Goats Clan). He is the author of Shapeshift, Flood Song, and Dissolve. His honors include a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship and a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship. He is also the recipient of a 2010 PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award, and a Whiting Writers Award. He is on faculty at Northern Arizona University.
Laura Da’ is a poet and teacher who studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is the author of Tributaries, American Book Award winner, and Instruments of the True Measure, Washington State Book Award winner. She is the recipient of a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship. Da’ is Eastern Shawnee. She lives near Renton, Washington, with her family.
Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her 2021 collection, Postcolonial Love Poem, won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012. She is 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and a Lannan Literary Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a U.S. Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program.
Heid E. Erdrich is the author of several collections of poetry and a work of nonfiction. Heid edited the 2018 anthology New Poets of Native Nations from Graywolf Press. Her writing has won fellowships from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Loft Literary Center, and First People’s Fund. She has twice won a Minnesota Book Award for poetry, and her most recent poetry collection, Little Big Bully, won a National Poetry Series award. She is an independent scholar and curator working with Amherst and Dartmouth colleges in 2022. Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota, and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain.
Kelli Jo Ford is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Her debut novel-in-stories, Crooked Hallelujah, was longlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel, The Story Prize, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and the International Dublin Literary Award. She is the recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, The Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize, a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, and a Dobie Paisano Fellowship. She teaches writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Santee Frazier is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He earned a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Syracuse University. His first collection of poems, Dark Thirty (2009), was published in the Sun Tracks series of the University of Arizona Press. Frazier’s honors include a fall 2009 Lannan Residency Fellowship and a 2014 Native Arts and Culture Foundation National Artist Fellowship. He was also the 2011 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence at the School for Advanced Research. His second collection of poems, Aurum, was released in 2019 by The University of Arizona Press.
Linda Hogan (Chickasaw) is an internationally recognized public reader, speaker, and writer in all genres. Her work is writing of literary quality that contains new environmental and Indigenous knowledge and activism. It illuminates a Native spirituality that has endured. Hogan has received many awards for her poetry, including the Colorado Book Award, Oklahoma Book Award (twice), Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, an American Book Award, and a prestigious Lannan Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. In addition, she has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, and Guggenheim Fellowship. She has also received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, The Wordcraft Circle, and The Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association. Her novel, Mean Spirit, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is the current Writer-in-Residence for the Chickasaw Nation and is a Professor Emerita from the University of Colorado.
Layli Long Soldier is a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation. She is the author of the chapbook Chromosomory (2010) and the full-length collection Whereas (2017), which won the National Books Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. In 2012, her participatory installation, Whereas We Respond, was featured on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Long Soldier is the recipient of a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry, and a Whiting Writer’s Award. She holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and earned an MFA with honors from Bard College.
Mona Susan Power is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux nation. She is the author of The Grass Dancer (winner of the 1995 PEN/Hemingway award), Roofwalker, Sacred Wilderness, and the forthcoming novel, A Council of Dolls. Her fellowships include an Iowa Arts Fellowship, a James Michener Fellowship, a Radcliffe Bunting Institute Fellowship, a Princeton Hodder Fellowship, a U.S. Artists Fellowship, a McKnight Fellowship, and a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship. Her short stories and essays have been widely published in journals, magazines, and anthologies. She is currently working on a new novel titled The Year of Fury.
Luci Tapahonso is professor emerita of English Literature (University of New Mexico 2016) and served as the inaugural Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation (2013-2015). She is the author of three children’s books and six books of poetry, including A Radiant Curve, which received the 2008 Arizona Book Award for poetry. She was a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellow in 2018, and her recent literary recognitions include the 2021 Ostana (Italy) Prize, an international award which honors authors who write in their mother tongue, and the delivery of the keynote address at the 5th Annual Taos Writers Conference. Tapahonso will also receive the 2021 Distinguished Literary Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association at its 2022 conference.
David Treuer (Ojibwe) is a New York Times Bestselling author from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. The son of a Jewish Holocaust survivor and an Ojibwe lawyer and judge, Treuer attended Princeton, where he worked with Toni Morrison, and the University of Michigan, where he earned his PhD in anthropology. Treuer is the author of seven books—four novels and three works of nonfiction. He is a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship recipient, and is the winner of three Minnesota Book Awards, the California Book Award for Nonfiction, the Housatonic Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Carnegie Medal. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, LA Times, and The Washington Post, among others. He divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation and Los Angeles, where he is a Professor of English at The University of Southern California. In 2021, Treuer became an editor-at-large at Pantheon Books.
Michael Wasson is the author of Swallowed Light (Copper Canyon Press, 2022), a 2019 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow and a recipient of a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship. His poems appear in American Poets, Beloit Poetry Journal, Kenyon Review, Narrative, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Best New Poets. He is nimíipuu from the Nez Perce Reservation in Idaho.
Elizabeth Woody (The Confederated Tribes of the Reservation at Warm Springs, Oregon) is a critically praised poet, lecturer, and educator. She received a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, an American Book Award, the William Stafford Memorial Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards. Her poetry collections include Hand into Stone (reprinted as Seven Hands, Seven Hearts) and Luminaries of the Humble. She also writes short fiction and essays and is a visual artist. She is a founding member of the Northwest Native American Writers Association and is a board member of Soapstone that celebrates and recognizes women writers. In 2017, she was named the eighth Oregon Poet Laureate. Woody is the Executive Director of the Museum at Warm Springs
This anthology was made possible with support from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and Engaging the Senses Foundation.