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Duane Niatum was born in Seattle under the name McGinniss. After his parent’s divorce, his Klallam grandfather became his surrogate father, which was to later influence his writing. After serving in the Navy, he attended the University of Washington where he received his B.A.in 1970. He then received his M.A. in 1972 at Johns Hopkins University. His career includes instructor at Johns Hopkins Univ.; editor of the Native American Authors Program, Harper & Row Publishers; and various other teaching jobs and librarian postions. He earned his Ph.D. in 1997 at the University of Michigan. He is a poet, author and playwright.
Awards and Honors
Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, first prize in poetry, 1966 and 1970.
Poerty in Motion Grant Award
Online resources by or about Duane Niatum:
Author: Duane Niatum and Karen Strom
Description: Biographical and bibliographical information about Niatum.
Studies in American Indian Literatures, Volume 7, No. 1
Author: Association for the Study of American Indian Literature
Description: This newsletter from 1983 contains a Maurice Kenny Bibliography, reviews of Maurice Kenny’s “Dancing Back Strong the Nation” and “I am the Sun”, a review of Duane Niatum’s “Songs for the Harvester of Dreams”, and a general discussion of Niatum’s poem.
Books by Duane Niatum:
Niatum, Duane. After the Death of an Elder Klallam
Phoenix, AZ : Baleen Press, 1970.
Niatum, Duane. Ascending Red Cedar Moon
New York : Harper & Row, 1973.
Niatum, Duane. Breathless
Seattle, WA : University of Washington, 1968.
Niatum, Duane. Carriers of the Dream Wheel: Contemporary Native American Poetry.
New York : Harper, 1975.
Niatum, Duane. The crooked beak of love
Albuquerque, N.M. : West End Press, 2000.
Niatum, Duane. A Cycle for the Woman in the Field.
Laughing Man Press, 1973.
Niatum, Duane. Digging out the roots : poems
New York : Harper & Row, 1977.
Niatum, Duane. Drawings of the Song Animals: New and Selected Poems.
Duluth, Minnesota : Holy Cow! Press, 1991.
Niatum, Duane. Harper’s Anthology of Twentieth-Century Native American Poetry
San Francisco : Harper & Row, 1988.
Niatum, Duane. Pieces
New York : Strawberry Press, 1981.
Niatum, Duane. Raven and the Fear of Growing White
Amsterdam, Holland : Bridge Press, 1983.
Niatum, Duane. Songs for the Harvester of Dreams
Seattle, WA : University of Washington Press, 1981.
Niatum, Duane. Stories from the land of red cedar
Seattle : D. Niatum, 1999.
Niatum, Duane. Stories of the Moons
Marvin, SD : Blue Cloud Quarterly Press, 1987.
Niatum, Duane. Taos Pueblo and Other Poems.
Greenfield Center, NY : Greenfield Review Press, 1973.
Niatum, Duane. To Bridge the Dream
Laguna, NM : A Press, 1978.
Genre: Short Stories
Niatum, Duane. Turning to the Rhythms of Her Song
Seattle, WA : Jawbone Press, 1977.
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