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Gladys Cardiff
, 1942-


Gladys Cardiff is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, and a member of the Native Writer’s Circle of the Americas. Cardiff’s poems have appeared in periodicals and anthologies for some twenty years, including essential gatherings of Native American poetry such as Carriers of the Dream Wheel, From the Belly of the Shark, Songs from this Earth on Turtle’s Back, That’s What She Said, Harpers Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry, and Reinventing the Enemy’s Language.

Cardiff’s mother was Irish and Welsh and her father was a member of the Owl clan of the North Carolina Cherokee. Cardiff grew up in Seattle, Washington, and she received her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in creative writing from the University of Washington. She received her Doctorate at Western Michigan University and is a professor at Oakland University.

Awards and Honors

Washington State Governor’s First Book Award, 1976 (for To Frighten a Storm Copper)


Books by Gladys Cardiff:

Cardiff, Gladys. A Bare Unpainted Table
Kalamazoo : New Issues Press, 1999.
Genre: Poetry
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0-932826-67-9

Cardiff, Gladys. To Frighten a Storm
Port Townsend : Copper Canyon Press, 1976.
Genre: Poetry
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0914742132

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