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LeAnne Howe
, 1951-


Born and educated in Oklahoma, Howe is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. (Her family name is Tells and Kills.) Majoring in English at Oklahoma State University, Howe wanted to become a technical writer, but took up journalism instead. She is an author, playwright, filmmaker and scholar. She has lectured in Japan, Jordan, Romania, and Spain. She has been an assistant professor in the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, and has currently been an associate professor in the Department of English and the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Howe’s fiction tends to be highly autobiographical and has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals.

Awards and Honors

2006 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry from the Oklahoma Libraries Association and the Oklahoma Center for the Book
2002 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation (for Shell Shaker)
2003 Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year


Online resources by or about LeAnne Howe:

Betsy Love and the Mississippi Married Women’s Property Act of 1839
Author: LeAnne Howe
Type: etext
Description: An article Howe wrote for “Mississippi History Now” an online history journal sponsored by the Mississippi Historical Society (October 2005).

URL: http://mshistory.k12.ms.us/features/feature67/Betsy_Love_Property%20Act.htm

Choctalking on Other Realities
Author: LeAnne Howe
Type: etext
Description: Originally published in Cimarron Review, #121, October 1997. Published again in Grinnell Magazine, Winter, 1991. Also appears in Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community.

URL: http://www.hanksville.org/storytellers/LAHowe/writing/choctalking.html

Here’s Howe
Author: LeAnne Howe
Type: authorbio
Description: LeAnne Howe’s home page on the Grinnell College web site.

URL: http://www.grinnell.edu/individuals/howe/

LeAnne Howe
Author: Elizabeth La Ronge
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.

URL: http://voices.cla.umn.edu/authors/LeanneHowe.html

LeAnne Howe
Author: Karen Strom
Type: authorbio
Description: Biographical and bibliographical information about LeAnn Howe. This site includes audio clips of Howe reading from one of her books, as well as access to electronic versions of some of her writing.

URL: http://www.hanksville.org/storytellers/LAHowe/

LeAnne Howe: Native American Women Playwrights Archive
Author: Native American Women Playwrights Archive
Type: authorbio
Description: Bill Wortman’s site at Miami University lists plays and other publications by LeAnne Howe, as part of a larger website honoring the works of Native American women playwrights.

URL: http://staff.lib.muohio.edu/nawpa/Howe.html

Books by LeAnne Howe:

Howe, LeAnne. Coyote Papers
Dallas, Tex. : Wowapi, 1985.
Genre: Fiction

Howe, LeAnne. Evidence of Red
Cambridge, UK : Salt Publishing, 2005.
ISBN: 1844710629

Howe, LeAnne. Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story
Aunt Lute Books , 2007.
Genre: Fiction
Language: English
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 1879960788

Howe, LeAnne. Shell Shaker
San Francisco : Aunt Lute Books, 2001.
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1879960613

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