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Native American Writers @ Memorial Library

Join us in recognizing and reading books by Native American writers in Memorial Library's collections


Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. She earned a BA from Old Dominion University, where she received a full athletic scholarship. Diaz played professional basketball in Europe and Asia before returning to Old Dominion to earn an MFA. She is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), which New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry described as an “ambitious … beautiful book.”  -- Poetry Foundation

Michael Dorris

Qwo-Li Driskill 

Louise Erdrich


Linda LeGarde Grover

Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo is the first Native American to serve as the Nation's Poet Laureate – she is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, who appointed Harjo to the position in June, 2019, says that Harjo's poems tell “an American story of tradition and loss, reckoning and myth-making. Her work powerfully connects us to the earth and the spiritual world with direct, inventive lyricism that helps us reimagine who we are.”

Linda Hogan

Sara Sue Hoklotubbe

Stephen Graham Jones

Maurice Kenny

Thomas King

John Joseph Mathews

N. Scott Momaday

Simon J. Ortiz

Susan Power

Eden Robinson

Wendy Rose 

David Treuer

Margaret Verble

Frances Washburn 

James Welch