Allison Hedge Coke, of Indigenous American and European descent, grew up in North Carolina, Canada, and on the Great Plains. Among her books, Blood Run (2006) won the Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year Award and Dog Road Woman, the 1998 American Book Award. Among her seven edited collections, two volumes of new Indigenous American poetry, Ahani and Effigies are forthcoming.
Hedge Coke is noted for working with incarcerated youth; representing ethnic, underclass and working-class situations; acknowledging Indigenous mound cities; and seeking to define relationships with human beings and nature, in particular with Sandhill Cranes. Currently she is the endowed Paul and Clarice Reynolds Chair of Poetry and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
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Effigies: An Anthology of New Indigenous Writing
Off-Season City Pipe
Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer: A Story of Survival
Dog Road Woman
Coming to Life