Native American Authors
W. S. Penn is of mixedblood Nez Perce, Osage, and Anglo descent. An associate professor of English at Michigan State University, he is a member of the National Advisory Council on Native American Writing and the Native Writers Circle.
Awards and Honors
Winner of North American Indian Prose Award, 1994
Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year (Anthology/Collection) Award, 1998 (for As We are Now)
Online resources by or about W.S. Penn:
Dr. William S. Penn
Author: Department of English, Michigan State University
Description: Penn’s department web page includes a list of his research and teaching interests, publications, prizes, and contact information.
Native American author speaks to students
Author: David Conner
Description: A 2/18/98 article from the California Aggie about a visit by Penn to the UC Davis campus.
William Penn is not an imagined Native American stereotype
Author: Elisabeth Sherwin
Description: A 1998 interview with Penn from Printed Matter, a column by Elisabeth Sherwin of The Davis (Calif.) Enterprise.
Books by W.S. Penn:
Penn, W.S.. The absence of angels
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 1995.
Penn, W.S.. All My Sins Are Relatives
Lincoln, NE : University of Nebraska Press, 1995.
ISBN: 0-8032-3709 (Cloth )
Penn, W.S.. As we are now : mixblood essays on race and identity
Berkeley : University of California Press, 1997.
Penn, W.S.. Killing time with strangers
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, 2000.
Penn, W.S.. The telling of the world : Native American stories and art
New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1996.
Penn, W.S.. This is the world
East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, 2000.
Genre: Short Stories
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