Beth E. Brant on Native American Authors

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Beth E. Brant (Degonwadonti), 1941-


Beth Brant is known for works in which she delineates her identity as a Mohawk and a lesbian. She believes that her work is charged with a political and nationalist consciousness that believes the power and beauty of language will heal and open hearts and minds. She was born in 1941 in Melvindale, Michigan. She has served as a lecturer at the University of British Columbia in 1989-1990 and at the University of Toronto in 1993. She is a writer and part-time teacher of Creative Writing and Native women’s writing.

Awards and Honors

Creative Writing Award, Michigan Council for the Arts, 1984 and 1986.
National Endowment for the Arts, 1991.
Canada Council Award in Creative Writing, 1992.


Online resources by or about Beth E. Brant:

Beth E. Brant (Degonwadonti)
Author: Jackie L. Disch
Type: authorbio
Description: This page is part of a series from Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color produced by the Department of English and Programs in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Included is an in-depth biography, selected bibliography and related links.


Native writer discusses diverse subjects in lecture
Author: Chris Small
Type: authorbio
Description: A 1/24/94 article from the California Aggie about a lecture given by Brant to the UC Davis campus.


Books by Beth E. Brant:

Brant, Beth E.. Food & spirits : stories
Ithaca, N.Y. : Firebrand Books, 1991.
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0932379931 (hc.) / 0932379923 (pbk.)

Brant, Beth E.. A Gathering of spirit : a collection by North American Indian women
Ithaca, N.Y. : Firebrand Books, 1988.
Genre: Anthologies
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0932379567 (alk. paper)

Brant, Beth E.. I’ll sing ’til the day I die : conversations with Tyendinaga elders
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : McGilligan Books, 1995.
Genre: Nonfiction
ISBN: 0969806426

Brant, Beth E.. Mohawk trail
Ithaca, New York : Firebrand Books, 1985.
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0932379036 (hc.) / 0932379028 (pbk.)

Brant, Beth E.. Writing as witness : essay and talk
Toronto : Women’s Press, 1994.
Genre: Essays
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0889612005

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