LeAnne Howe

Board Member, Indigenous Nations Poets

LeAnne Howe is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She is the Eidson Distinguished Professor of American Literature in English at the University of Georgia. Howe is the author of novels, plays and poetry, and screenplays. She is the on-camera narrator for a 90-minute PBS documentary, Indian Country Diaries, Spiral of Fire, 2006, and producer and writer for the 56-minute Searching for Sequoyah, airing in 2021, her third film collaboration with Ojibway filmmaker and director James M. Fortier.

Howe’s awards include: the American Book Award, Western Literature Association’s 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award; the inaugural 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures; and a 2012 United States Artists Ford Fellowship, among others. During the Arab Spring, 2010-2011, Howe was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Jordan, Amman. Her book, Savage Conversations, Coffee House Press, (2019) is the story of Mary Todd Lincoln and the Savage Indian that Mary claimed tortured her nightly in 1875, which has been staged as a play in NYC, Seattle, and in Athens, GA.

Two major anthologies released in August are: Famine Pots: The Choctaw Irish Gift Exchange 1847-Present, Michigan State University Press, released in August 2020 co-edited by Howe and Irish scholar, Padraig Kirwan; and, When The Light of The World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, the ground breaking anthology covering two centuries of Native poetry, edited by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe, and Jennifer Elise Foerster. Both books appeared in August 2020. She is at work on a new book set in Stonewall, Oklahoma.



The Nightlife

Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication Date: 2017

In Elise Paschen’s prize-winning poetry collection, Infidelities, Richard Wilbur wrote that the poems “. . . draw upon a dream life which can deeply tincture the waking world.” In her third poetry book, The Nightlife, Paschen once again taps into dream states, creating a narrative which balances between the lived and the imagined life. Probing the tension between “The Elevated” and the “Falls,” she explores troubled love and relationships, the danger of accident and emotional volatility. The Nightlife demonstrates Paschen’s versatility and formal mastery as she experiments with forms such as the pantoum, the villanelle and the tritina, as well as concrete poems and poems in free verse. Throughout this poetry collection, she interweaves lyric and narrative threads, creating a contrapuntal story-line. The book begins with a dive into deep water and ends with an opening into sky.

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The Eloquent Poem

Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Persea Books
Publication Date: 2019

The Eloquent Poem is an exhilarating anthology of 128 never-before-published poems by more than 100 contemporary poets. It is divided into fourteen chapters by poetic approach—some formal, some occasional, and some thematic—and includes illuminating micro-essays from the poets on how each poem came to be and how it fits into (or disrupts) its poetic tradition. Bound to inspire readers and writers, these are innovative poems to marvel at and learn from—among them ars poeticas by Joy Harjo and Cornelius Eady, litanies by Angela Jackson and Joy Ladin, persona poems by Laura Kasischke and Marilyn Nelson, and collage poems by Kimiko Hahn and Major Jackson. Other chapters showcase aphorisms, aubades & nocturnes, eclogues, ekphrasis, epistles, poems in form, mirror poems, mythological poems, and prose poems.

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