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DIANE GLANCY is professor emerita at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She taught poetry as an adjunct at UMKC in the fall of 2017.Currently she teaches creative nonfiction in the MFA low-residency program at Carlow University in Pittsburgh.  In September, 2018, Atlas will publish a group of poems, It Was Over There by That Place, in their chapbook series.Glancy spends enough time in Texas with her son and his family to have a Texas Identification Card.  A manuscript, The Keyboard Letters, won the Texas Poetry Society Book Prize and was published in 2017.  She will read from it tonight.

Her 2015 poetry collection, Report to the Department of the Interior, won the 2016 Willa Poetry Award from Women Writers of the West.Among her books are Pushing the Bear, the 1838-39 Cherokee Trail of Tears, Stone Heart, the journey of Sacajawea on the 1804-06 Lewis & Clark Expedition, The Reason for Crows, a story of Kateri Tekakwitha, a 17th Mohawk converted by the Jesuits, and Fort Marion Prisoners and the Trauma of Native Education

Among her awards are two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Minnesota Book Award, an Oklahoma Book Award, an American Book Award, and a 2014 Lifetime Achievement from Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas.   

Earlier in March, Glancy drove to Florida for the AWP Conference.  She leaves Thursday to drive to Minnesota for a Native American Literature Symposium, then to California for a conference at Biola where she will talk about her study of the Biblical book of Job, her latest project-in-progress. 


Linda Rodriguez's newest book of poetry, Dark Sister (Mammoth Publications), was published in February 2018. For her other books of poetry, Skin Hunger (Scapegoat Press) and Heart’s Migration (Tia Chucha Press), Linda Rodriguez has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence, the Midwest Voices and Visions Award, the Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award, the 2011 and 2014 ArtsKC Fund Inspiration Awards, and Ragdale and Macondo fellowships. Rodriguez has edited four anthologies, most recently The World Is One Place: Native American Poets Visit the Middle East, co-edited with Diane Glancy. Her poetry has appeared in many national and regional journals and  on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac, The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress, and New Letters on the Air. Rodriguez is past chair of the AWP Indigenous/Aboriginal American Writer’s Caucus, a founding board member of Latino Writers Collective and The Writers Place, and a member of Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers and Kansas City Cherokee Community. Her three novels have received critical recognition and awards. She has published a book on writing novels, and one of her short stories has been optioned for film.

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Later Event: March 26