LeAnne Howe


LeAnne Howe, an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is the Eidson Distinguished Professor of American Literature in English at the University of Georgia. She’s the author of novels, plays, poetry, and screenplays. Her first 90-minute PBS documentary, Indian Country Diaries, Spiral of Fire, aired in 2006. She is producer-writer for the 56-minute Searching for Sequoyah, airing November 2021 with producer-director Ojibway filmmaker James M. Fortier. Howe’s newest books in 2020 are: Famine Pots: The Choctaw Irish Gift Exchange 1847-Present, Michigan State University Press, co-edited with Irish scholar, Padraig Kirwan; and, When The Light of The World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, the ground breaking anthology covering two centuries of Native poetry, edited by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Howe, and Jennifer Elise Foerster. Howe’s awards include: the American Book Award, Western Literature Association’s 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award; the inaugural 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures; and a 2012 United States Artists Ford Fellowship, among others.