A while ago on a Goodreads group I follow, someone asked for a list of Native authors who weren’t Sherman Alexie or Louise Erdrich. Specifically, they were looking for “new” authors or authors born between 1970 and Now.
Then last month I gave a talk at a Harry Potter conference about Native Representation in the Potterverse and when I was done, many asked what I’d suggest they read to get a true representation.
Of course, part of me wanted to jump up and down and shout, ME! ME! 😉 I also wanted to have other authors in my arsenal that weren’t my favorite standby Sherman Alexie. So, I thought I’d do some research and compile a list of Native authors and what they wrote and where to find them. I started with the names shared on GoodReads, then while researching my talk for the conference, I found this great resource on Twitter (of all places).
The list is meant to highlight all Native American writers, whether they be from the USA or Canada. I’m not listing what tribe each author belongs to, but when possible, I’ve included a link to their website (or Wikipedia and the like) if you need more information. I’m also focusing on fiction writers for the most part. If they have novels and books of poetry, I’ll include both, and if they write non-fiction and fiction, I’ll list both of those. I just haven’t gone looking for poets and non-fiction writers (yet) but when I do (or when people let me know where to look) I’ll update this list.
If I’m missing any authors, please let me know. I’ll update and keep it as current as I can.
First, because I’m so excited to have found this, here are a few (there has to be more, and if you know of any let me know) amazing Anthologies out there.
Anthologies with Multiple Native Fiction Authors
(short story collections, novels, young adult and picture book)
Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
Thunder Boy Jr.
Ten Little Indians
The Toughest Indian in the World
The Bingo Palace
The Beet Queen
Future Home of the Living God
Master Butchers Singing Club
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
Plague of Doves
Tales of Burning Love
The Round House
Tha Painted Drum
The Crown of Columbus (co-wrote with Michael Dorris)
(Short Story Collection)
The Red Convertible
If I Ever Get Out of Here
Breathing the Monster Alive
Nickel Eclipse: Iroquois Moon
Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function: Poems and Paintings (The Iroquois and Their Neighbors)
From the Western Door to the Lower West Side
(Short Story Collections)
Evidence of Red
(Short Story Collection)
Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story
The Turquoise Ledge
What’s the Most Beauitful Thing You Know About Horses?
A Man Called Raven
Shrouds of White Earth
Hotline Healers: An Almost Browne Novel
Bearheart: The Heirship Chronicles
The Heirs of Columbus
Griever: An American Monkey King in China
Dead Voices: Natural Agonies In The New World
Favor of Crows
Riding the Earthboy 40
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