Linda Hogan

Linda Hogan is an acclaimed Chickasaw writer and the author of several books including: Dwellings; A Spiritual History of the Natural World, a novel entitled Power, the New York Times Notable Book Solar Storms, and the novel Mean Spirit, which was a finalist for a Pulitzer. Her poetry book, The Book of Medicines, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Her most recent books are People of the Whale: A Novel and The Inner Journey: Views from Native Traditions. In her newest collection of poems, Rounding the Human Corners, she examines the continuous circle of life and death, locating the intimate connections between all living things with clear lyrics and visionary insight.

Hogan has received numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim fellowship, a prestigious Lannan Foundation award, the Five Civilized Tribes Museum playwriting award, and in 1998, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. She was also a co-editor, with Brenda Peterson, of Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals, and The Sweet Breathing of Plants and Face to Face.

Linda Hogan has written a documentary narrative about the history of American Indian Religious Freedom, Everything Has A Spirit, seen on PBS.

Hogan was honored by her tribe as one of the “Heroes and Dreamers” and has recorded, in her voice, a piece of writing for the collection of materials. She is also a recipient of the Spirit of the West award.

In addition to her writing and publishing career, Linda Hogan has been an active participant in the NativeScience Dialogues for ten years. This is a group of Native traditional thinkers and western scientists begun by physicist David Bohm, in order for indigenous knowledge systems to begin influencing those of the western thinkers. Hogan’s main interest is in how knowledge of ecosystems appears in Native ceremonies, and how this is carried through the words, songs and artistry of the ceremonialists. She has collected work on this subject for over twenty five years. As a result of her hard work and research, she is a faculty member for the Native American Academy.