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Leanne Howe

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Director of INAS, Eidson Distinguished Professor in American Literature

LeAnne Howe, Eidson Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia, connects literature, Indigenous knowledge, Native histories, and expressive cultures in her work. Her scholarly writings include Native and indigenous literatures, performance studies, film, and Indigeneity.  She is the author of three novels, two poetry collections, three screenplays, (two 56-minute film documentaries presented on PBS) numerous edited anthologies, essays, and a libretto.  Professor Howe (Choctaw Nation citizen) is the recipient of the 2022 Richard Beale Davis Award for Distinguished Lifetime Service to Southern Letters by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature; a United States Artists (USA) Ford Fellow, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, American Book Award, Oklahoma Book Award, and she was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar to Jordan.  In October 2015, Howe received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association, (WLA); and in 2014 she received the Modern Languages Association Inaugural Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages for Choctalking on Other Realities. She received an MFA from Vermont College of Norwich University, (2000) and shares a Native and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) award for literary criticism with eleven other scholars for Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective, named one of the ten most influential books of the first decade of the twenty-first century for indigenous scholarship, (2011). She’s lectured nationally and internationally throughout the UK, Europe, and Japan.

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Selected Publications:

Shell Shaker, 2001 

Evidence of Red, 2005 

Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story, 2007 

Choctalking on Other Realities, 2013 

Co-editor with Harvey Markowitz, and Denise K. Cummings titled, Seeing Red, Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film, 2013

 Howe’s most recent essay appears in a special issue of Studies of American Indian Literature, SAIL, Vol. 26, Number 2, Summer 2014, an exploration by scholars on her literary concept of Tribalography.

Currently, she’s at work on a new play and books of poems, Savage Conversations about Mary Todd Lincoln and a Savage Indian she said tortured her each night in an insane asylum, Batavia, Illinois in the summer of 1875. 

Events featuring Leanne Howe

Thursday October 14, The Homeland Returns project of Jim Wilson and Ervan Garrison will host “Making the PBS documentary, Searching for Sequoyah, and what Sequoyah means to the world today.” University of Oklahoma Professor Joshua Nelson and University of Georgia Professor LeAnne Howe present a Zoom webinar about how Sequoyah’s life…


American Public Television (APT) will distribute the 56-minute documentary film Searching for Sequoyah which will premiere nationally on PBS stations in November, 2021. Searching for Sequoyah was produced by Canadian Ojibway filmmaker James M. Fortier and Choctaw Nation author/filmmaker LeAnne Howe. Howe was also the lead writer with assistance…

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