Marilou Marilous Awiakta Bibliographywiakta: Bibliography

Compiled by Tina L. Hanlon
2003-2013

See also Author Page with background and poems by Awiakta: Out of Ashes Peace Will Rise, Smoky Mountain-Woman, Song of the Grandmothers, When Earth Becomes an "It."

Appearance at Ferrum College: Marilou Awiakta was the featured speaker at the Women's Leadership Conference, Ferrum College, March 24-25, 2003. The 2003 theme was Women in Appalachia. Because of circumstances related to the start of the war against Iraq, Awiakta's lecture was delivered through videotape and teleconference.

 

Books by Marilou Awiakta

Storytelling and Recordings

Contributions to Other Works

Print References

Links

Student Comments on Poems

 

 

Books by Marilou Awiakta


Abiding Appalachia: Where Mountain and Atom Meet
. Memphis: Saint Luke's Press, 1978. Rpt. Bell Buckle, TN: Iris Press, 1995. 71 pp. Poetry that weaves together Cherokee history, the legend of Little Deer, memories of growing up in Oak Ridge (where the atom was split in the 1940s), and thoughts on family, society, and the land. Recommendation at Oyate.com
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Rising Fawn and the Fire Mystery: A Child's Christmas in Memphis, 1833. Illus. Beverly Bringle. Memphis: Saint Luke's Press, 1983. Rpt. Golden, CO: Fulcrum, 2007. "Rising Fawn, a young Choctaw girl preparing to leave Mississippi with her family to travel west to a reservation, is kidnapped and subjected to an entirely different destiny." Recommendation at Oyate.com.

Selu: Seeking the Corn-Motherís Wisdom. Golden, CO: Fulcrum, 1993. A blend of story, essay, and poetry. Cherokee legends and images from the double weave of Cherokee baskets point us toward preserving a nurturing relationship between humanity and Mother Earth, by instilling appreciation for the earth and applying Native American philosophies to modern problems. Recommendation at Oyate.com.

 

Storytelling and Recordings

Cherokee Motheroots for the Millennium. Westerville, Ohio: Otterbein College, Feb. 24, 1999. 1 videocassette (60 min.). Keynote address for the Sixth Annual Otterbein College Kate Winter Hanby Women's Studies Festival. "Abstract: Marilou Awiakta discusses her Cherokee heritage and values and the strong female role models who were part of her cultural upbringing."

An Evening With—Marilou Awiakta. 1 videocassette (48 min.). Radford, VA: Radford Univ. Telecommunications Bureau, 1990. Awiakta "recites poems and short stories with an Appalachian theme" at the Highland Summer Conference.

Marilou Awiakta. 1 videocassette. New Voices from the South Series. Dept. of English, Sonoma State University. Recorded Apr. 5, 1995. "Awiakta discusses her Cherokee heritage, what it means to be a native American in the South today and reads some of her poetry."

Marilou Awiakta on Cherokee Indians. 1 videocassette (70 min.). Recorded September 15, 1992 at the University of Tennessee at Martin. "Cherokee/Appalachian poet and author Marilou Awiakta speaks on 'The Greening of Native America.'"

"Rising Fawn and the Fire Mystery" and "Little Deer and Mother Earth." Telling Tales. KY Educational TV series of folktale programs, 1990. See http://www.ket.org/education for information on programs and videos. Teacher's Guide online (Part One,with Table of Contents; Part Two) contains summaries of each tale and discussion questions and activities. "Awiakta tells children the story of a Choctaw Indian girl named Rising Fawn and her experiences during the removal of her tribe from Mississippi to the West, called the Trail of Tears." In "Little Deer," she "tells children the Cherokee Indian story of a time when humans and animals could talk to each other and lived in peace. After weapons were invented the animals had to figure out what to do. The bear clan tries to use weapons and fails. Then, Little Deer, head of the deer clan, proposes that human hunters ask the deer's spirit for forgiveness when they slay a deer."

Selu: Seeking the Corn Mother's Wisdom. 1995. Audio recording, 3 hours. "In this companion to her book of the same name, Awiakta leads all who will listen along a deer trail that spirals into the Great Smokey Mountains to the Corn Mother herself—and to her wisdoms" (description from Oyate.com).

Tell it on the Mountain: Appalachian Women Writers. Whitesburg, KY: WMMT-FM, Appalshop, 1995. Tape 4 of 7 cassette recordings of "a radio program featuring women writers from the mountains of Southern Appalachia commenting on their lives and reading from their works." Host Nikki Giovanni.

University of Tennessee at Martin. Welcome to the 2005 Civil Rights Conference. DVD. 2005. "Poet Marilou Awiakta discusses diversity issues in the Native American community and recites some of her poetry" (WorldCat).

Contributions to Other Works

"Amazons in Appalachia." Awakened Woman E-Magazine: The Journal of Women's Spirituality. Reprinted from A Gathering of Spirit.

"Amazons in Appalachia." In Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality. Ed. Wendy Reed and and Jennifer Horne. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2012.

"Amazons in Appalachia." In International Feminist Fiction. Ed. Julia Penelope and Sarah Valentine. Freedom, CA: Crossing Press, 1992.

"Amazons in Appalachia." In Reinventing the Enemy's Language: Contemporary Native Women's Writing of North America. Ed. Joy Harjo and Gloria Bird. New York: W. W. Norton, 1997.

"Baring the Atom's Mother Heart." In Homewords: A Book of Tennessee Writers. Univ. of TN Press, 1986.

"Cherokee Eden (with asides): An Alternative to the Apple." Now & Then, vol. 3 (Autumn 1986). Issue on Cherokees. Guest Editor: Mary Chiltoskey. Followed by article "Marilou Awiakta: Eye of the Deer" by Parks Lanier, Jr.

"Daydreaming Primordial Space." In The Woods Stretched for Miles: New Nature Writing from the South. Ed. John Lane and Gerald Thurmond. Athens: Univ. of GA Press, 1999.

"Daydreaming Primordial Space." In The Poetics of Appalachian Space. Ed. Parks Lanier, Jr. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1991.

"Daydreaming Primal Space: Cherokee Aesthetics as Habits of Being." In Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry. Ed. Dean Rader Dean and Janice Gould. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2003. Also includes "Beloved Woman Returns: The Doubleweaving of Homeland and Identity in the Poetry of Marilou Awiakta by Daniel Heath Justice, and "The Power and Presence of Native Oral Storytelling Traditions in the Poetry of Marilou Awiakta, Kimberly Blaeser, and Marilyn Dumont" by Susan Berry Brill de Ramrez.

Foreword: "A Bridge Is a Gift to the People." Caduto, Michael J. and Joseph Bruchac. Keepers of Life: Discovering Plants through Native American Stories and Earth Activities for Children. Golden, CO: Fulcrum, 1994. (Also contains Cherokee story "Why Some Trees Are Always Green.")

Foreword. Bruchac, Joseph, and Michael J. Caduto. Native Plant Stories. Golden, Colo: Fulcrum Pub, 1995. (Also contains Cherokee story "Why Some Trees Are Always Green.")

Foreword. Bruchac, Joseph, and Michael J. Caduto, eds. The Native Stories from Keepers of Life. Illus. John Kahionhes Fadden, David Kanietakeron Fadden, Saskatoon: Fifth House, 1995.

Foreword. Seale, Doris (Santee/Cree). Ghost Dance. Berkeley, CA: Oyate, 2000. New and selected poems. “Doris Seale is a bear-hearted woman," says Awiakta in her Foreword, “an American Indian poet who stands her ground in the contemporary world. Unerringly, she scents the meaning of whatever confronts her—and copes with it."

A Gathering of Spirit: A Collection by North American Indian Women. Ed. Beth Brant. Ithaca, NY: Firebrand Books. Revised ed., 1988.

"Grandmothers." The Oxford Book of Women's Writings in the United States. Ed. Linda Wagner-Martin and Cathy N. Davidson. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1995.

Highland Summer Conference, 1978-1993: An Appalachian Anthology. Transcripts from the "Conversations" series, produced by Parks Lanier, 1983-1993. Radford, VA: Radford Univ. Telecommunications Bureau, 1993. 1984 interview. Also produced as videocassette, 1993.

"How the Corn-Mother Became a Teacher of Wisdom." In At Home on this Earth: Two Centuries of U.S. Women's Nature Writing. Ed. Lorraine Anderson and Thomas S. Edwards. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2002. A college textbook on literature and the environment that shows the evolution of nature writing, with author bio-sketches and critical comments on their works.

"The Hunter and His Beloved" (poem). Ms. Magazine Nov 1984: p. 143.

"I Offer You a Gift" and "Compass for Our Journey." In Cornbread Nation 3: Foods of the Mountain South. Ed. Ronni Lundy. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.

"An Indian Walks in Me" and "Star Vision." In Her Words: Diverse Voices in Contemporary Appalachian Women's Poetry. Ed. Felicia Mitchell. Knoxville: Univ. of TN Press, 2002. Includes 2 poems followed by essay by Grace Toney Edwards, pp. 17–34.

"Learning from Mother Nature." In Tennessee Country: In the Land of Their Fathers. Ed. Robin Hood. Franklin, TN: Grandin Hood, 2005. Pictorial book on Tennessee with photographs by Robin Hood. Presented by Tennessee Farm Bureau women.

Lee, Ernest, Marilou Awiakta, Roy Neil Graves, Richard Jackson, Marilyn Kallet, Jeff Daniel Marion, and Judith Odom. Always at Home Here: Poems & Insights from Six Tennessee Poets. New York: McGraw-Hill Primis. 2nd ed., 1998.

Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia. Ed. Sandra L. Ballard and Patricia L. Hudson. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2003. Includes excerpt from Selu and Awiakta's poems "Anorexia Bulimia Speaks from the Grave," "Out of Ashes Peace Will Rise," "When Earth Becomes an 'It,'" 'Women Die Like Trees." This first comprehensive Appalachian anthology of women authors includes105 writers, with a short biography and recommended sources for each one. See Thematic Table of Contents for Listen Here in AppLit.

"Motheroot" (poem). In In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose by Alice Walker. New York: Harvest/Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983, p. 230.

"Motheroot" (poem). In Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem by Gloria Steinem. Boston: Little, Brown, 1992. p. 103.

 "OUT! Children at Play: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1945-1950." Now and Then, vol. 4.1 (Spring 1987). pp. 13-15. Ed. Pauline Cheek. Johnson City, TN: Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, East Tennessee State Univ. Special issue on Appalachian childhood. This memoir also includes two poems on Awiakta's childhood. Full text available in ERIC, no. ED310896.

Poetry. In Durable Breath: Contemporary Native American Poetry. Ed. John E. Smelcer and D. L. Birchfield. Anchorage: Salmon Run Press, 1994. Recommended for teenage readers by Oyate.org.

Poets of the River City Poetry Competition, 1978. Memphis, TN: St. Luke's Press, 1978. 24 pp. Poetry from the 1978 poetry competition sponsored by the Junior League of Memphis and others.

"The Real Thing." Poem in Traditions and Culture section of A Multicultural Reader. Collection One. Many Voices Literature series. Logan, Iowa: Perfection Learning, 2008.

"Red Alert! A Meditation on Dances with Wolves" (article). Ms. Magazine March/April 1991: pp. 70-71.

"Red Clay." In Aniyunwiya/Real Human Beings: An Anthology of Contemporary Cherokee Prose. Ed. Joseph Bruchac. Greenfield Center, NY: Greenfield Review Press, 1995.

"Red Clay: Reunion of the Cherokee Councils." Southern Exposure. Special Issue: Indians of the South. 1985.

Returning the Gift: Poetry and Prose from the First North American Native Writers Festival. Ed. Joseph Bruchac. Tucson: Univ. of Arizona Press, 1994.

"Sound." In Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers. Ed. Joyce Dyer. Univ. Press of KY, 1998. pp. 40–51.

"Southern Women" and "Southeastern Indian Women." In The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History. Ed. Wilma Mankiller, et al. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996.

"Star Vision" (poem from Abiding Appalachia). In In Context: A Quarterly of Humane Sustainable Culture. No. 25. Issue on Sustainability, Spring 1990. http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC25. (You may have to copy this URL into your browser, with the capital letters, to get directly to this issue 25.)

"Star Vision," "Where Mountain and Atom Meet," "The Real Thing" (poems). Callaloo, vol. 17 (1994): 29-32. Available online through library databases such as JSTOR. These poems also published in Selu.

"When Earth Becomes an 'It.'" In Appalachia Inside Out, Vol. 1: Conflict and Change. Ed. Robert J. Higgs, Ambrose N. Manning, and Jim Wayne Miller. Knoxville:  Univ. of TN Press, 1995.  In section on Nature.

"Where Mountain and Atom Meet" and "Genesis" (poems and discussion questions). In A Southern Appalachian Reader. Ed. Nellie McNeil and Joyce Squibb. Boone, NC: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1989. pp. 262-65, 279-82. Also includes the legend of Tsali of the Cherokees by Alice Marriott.

"Women Die Like Trees," 1978. Commentary by Ilene Jones-Cornwell in response to lines from Awiakta's poem, at Women's International Center.

"Womenspirit in the High Tech World: A Cherokee-Appalachian Perspective." In Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Thoughts for a New Generation. Proceedings for the National Women's Symposium. Ed. Susan Frusher. Tahlequah, OK: Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, 1990.

Print References (some available online as abstract or full text)

Bachleda, F. Lynne. "Keeping Faith with the Earth: Publishers Find Common Ground in Spiritual and Environmental Interests." Publishers Weekly, vol. 241 (Feb 14, 1994): pp. 36ff. Reviewing Spring Religion Books. Has brief reference to Awiakta's Selu. Available online through library services such as Infotrac/Academic Index.

Baker, Sarah E. Musical Rites, Archetypes, and the Contemporary Southern Writer. M. A. Thesis. Sonoma State University, 1998. Part IV. Environment and Balance: Marilou Awiakta.

Basinger, James David. Weaving Accessibility and Art in Marilou Awiakta's Selu: Seeking the Corn Mother's Wisdom. M. A. Thesis. English Dept. East Tennessee State University, 2001. Directed by Roberta Herrin, et al. Available as pdf file. Abstract: "Awiakta enlists the reader to participate on the path to knowing Selu, Corn-Mother to us all. In particular, the book provides a reader with a text that blends ancient Cherokee teachings of the oral tale of Selu with contemporary Western, Appalachian-American thought and experience. Awiakta adopts and adapts Selu in order to capture and express the essence of the tale within a contemporary American aesthetic. Though Awiakta's approach is didactic, it rises above mere teaching to achieve an aesthetic characterized by accessibility, simultaneity, and liminality. She purposely combines stories, poems, teachings, histories, and cultural reflections to produce art that is dynamically personal and cultural. The purpose of this study is to investigate how Awiakta's construction of art surpasses didacticism to express the liminality of the author's cultural identity."

Blaeser, Kimberly M. "Like 'Reeds Through the Ribs of a Basket': Native Women Weaving Stories." The American Indian Quarterly, vol. 21 (Fall 1997): p. 555. Discusses how Awiakta and other writers "both theorize and enact a Native aesthetic of literature and culture" (critical approaches to Native American literature). Available online through library services such as Infotrac/Academic Index.

Brock, Steve and Paule Giese. Review of Selu at Native American Books, Native American Indian Resources, web site by Paula Giese, 1996.

Caputi, Jane. Review of Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom. American Quarterly, vol. 47 (March 1995): pp. 165ff.

Cox, James H. "Reinventing the Enemy's Language: Contemporary Native Women's Writings of North America" (Review). Prairie Schooner Spring 1999. pp.184ff.

Crowe, Thomas Raine. "Interview with Marilou Awiakta: Reweaving the Future." Appalachian Journal, vol.18 (Fall 1990): pp. 40-44. Available in ERIC.

Dobosiewicz, Ilona. "An Indian Walks in Me: Reclaiming Cherokee Identity in the Poetry of Marilou Awiakta." Conformity and Resistance in America. Ed. Jacek Gutorow and Tomasz Lebiecki. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.

Edwards, Grace Toney. "Marilou Awiakta: Poet for the People." Her Words: Diverse Voices in Contemporary Appalachian Women's Poetry. Ed. Felicia Mitchell. Knoxville: Univ. of TN Press, 2002. Published with Awiakta poems "An Indian Walks in Me" and "Star Vision."

Edwards, Grace Toney. "Teaching the Poetry and Prose of Marilou Awiakta." Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region. Ed. Theresa L Burriss and Patricia M. Gantt. Series in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Appalachia. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2013. pp. 232-51. Awiakta is also mentioned in the Introduction and in "'Way back yonder, but not so far away': Teaching Appalachian Folktales" by Tina L. Hanlon (p. 117) and "Appalachian Poetry: A Field Guide for Teachers" by R. Parks Lanier Jr. (pp. 189, 193, 199).

Johns, Vicki Slagle.  "Of Atoms and Appalachia: Marilou Awiakta's Cultural and Scientific Heritage Permeates her Writing." Tennessee Alumnus 77, 1 (1997).

Justice, Daniel Heath. We're Not There Yet, Kemo Sabe: Positing a Future for American Indian Literary Studies. The American Indian Quarterly, vol. 25 (Spring 2001): pp. 256ff. Contains brief reference to Awiakta as one of the "powerful voices for the diversity and continuity of the Cherokee people today." Available online through library services such as Infotrac/Academic Index.

Kelley, Saundra G., ed. Southern Appalachian Storytellers: Interviews with Sixteen Keepers of the Oral Tradition. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011. "To be from Appalachia—to be at home there and to love it passionately—informs the narratives of each of the sixteen storytellers featured in this work. Their stories are rich in the lore of the past, influenced by family, especially grandparents, and the ancient mountains they saw every day of their lives as they were growing up."

Lanier, Parks. "Marilou Awiakta: Eye of the Deer." Now & Then, vol. 3 (Autumn 1986). Issue on Cherokees. Guest Editor: Mary Chiltoskey.

Lanier, Parks, Jr. Review of Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom. Appalachian Journal, vol. 21 (Spring 1994).

"Marilou Awiakta." 02/13/2001. Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2001. Contains additional references to works about the author. The "Sidelights" section gives an overview of her work and quotations by Awiakta.

"Marilou Awiakta." The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, 1998.

May, Pamela. Review of Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom. Whole Earth Review Summer 1995: p. 74. Available online through library services such as Infotrac/Academic Index.

Middleton, Nancy. Review of Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom. Belles Lettres: A Review of Books by Women, vol. 10 (Fall 1994): p. 5. Available online through library services such as Infotrac/Academic Index.

Mitten, Lisa A. Review of Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom. Library Journal, vol. 118 (Oct 1, 1993): p. 94.

Monaghan, Pat. Review of Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom. Booklist, vol. 90 (Oct 1, 1993): p. 220.

Moore, Colleen. Healing, Honoring, Transforming: the Power of Spiritual Activism in Marilou Awiakta's Work. M. A. Thesis, Texas Woman's University, 2012. Abstract: "Marilou Awiakta, author of Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom, is a Cherokee/Appalachian author whose work reveals the web that connects all life and demonstrates how important it is to protect and honor every living thing. I believe that poet/author Marilou Awiakta's work exposes the interconnections between all living things---her work is part of the heartbeat that initiates spiritual activism. I define spiritual activism as creating concrete positive transformation that benefits all life. When one is a spiritual activist, one respects and works to sustain all living things, becoming an agent of change for people, nature, and animals---protecting the interconnections between all forms of life. In this thesis I will discuss what spiritual activism is, the ways in which Awiakta's work demonstrates and calls for spiritual activism, the potential transformation that can occur with spiritual activism, and how Women's Studies can benefit from increased awareness of and attention to Awiakta's work."

Poèsie Premiére Fall 1997. A French literary journal featured Awiakta's work with translation and essay by Alice-Catherine Carls.

Review of Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom. Wicazo Sa Review, vol. 10 (Spring 1994): pp. 65ff.

Rising Fawn and the Fire Mystery. Memphis, TN: Memphis Arts Council, 1990. 16 pp. "This teacher's guide is intended to assist teachers in preparing a play based on the book by Marilou Awiakta and in teaching students about the life of the Choctaw Indians."

Rader, Dean, and Janice Gould, eds. Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2003.

Robinson, Sherry. "Marilou Awiakta on Environment, Culture, and Community: A Native Perspective." Journal of Kentucky Studies, vol. 20 (Sept. 2003): pp. 123-29.

Savory, Jerold. Review of Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom. The Christian Century, vol. 111 (16 March 1994): pp. 286ff. Available online through library services such as Infotrac/Academic Index.

Savory, Jerold. Review of Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom. Southern Humanities Review, vol. 29 (Spring 1995): pp. 198ff.

Shurbutt, Sylvia Bailey. "Weaving the Sacred Circle: The Prose and Poetry of Marilon Awiakta." Women and Language, vol. 25 (Spring 2002): 44. Brief article.

Shurbutt, S. B. "Where Mountain Meets Atom, Within the Healing Circle: The Writing of Marilou Awiakta." Journal of Appalachian Studies, vol. 11 (2005): 195-204.

Slapin, Beverly, and Doris Seale, eds. Through Indian Eyes: The Native Experience in Books for Children. 4th ed. American Indian Studies Center,1998. B/w illustrations. This "compilation of work by Native parents, educators, poets, and writers, is for anyone interested in presenting non-biased material about indigenous peoples to children. It contains, from a Native perspective, essays and poetry, critical reviews of more than 100 children's books by and about Indian peoples, a guide to evaluating children's books for anti-Indian bias, a recommended bibliography, and a resource section of Native publishers and organizations" (description from Oyate.org).

Swanson, Alice. "Awiakta, Marilou." The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History & Culture. Ed. Carroll Van West. Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 1998.

Taylor, Melanie Benson. "Remembering the Missing: Native Americans, Immigrants, and Atlanta's Murdered Children in Louis Owens, Marilou Awiakta, Lan Cao, James Baldwin, Toni Cade Bambara, and Tayari Jones." In Disturbing Calculations: The Economics of Identity in Postcolonial Southern Literature, 1912-2002. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2008.

Tickle, Phyllis. "In Pursuit of the Intimate Native American Spirit." Publishers Weekly, vol. 240. (Dec 13, 1993): pp. 29ff. Discusses books showing "the resurgence of interest in Native American spirituality." Available online through library services such as Infotrac/Academic Index.

Watkins, J. H. "The Double-Weave of Self and Other: Ethnographic Acts and Autobiographical Occasions in Marilou Awiakta's Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom." American Indian Culture and Research Journal, vol. 30 (2006): 5-16. Available in ERIC and Article First databases.

Other Links

Antonucci, Jessica. "Marilou Awiakta Will Give a Poetry Reading Tomorrow." The Tufts Daily. 25 Feb. 1998. Archived article with background on Awiakta. (Note 3/22/03: This page may have been removed recently from Tufts web site.)

Awi Usdi, the Little Deer. AppLit Folktale Index page with variants of this tale by Awiakta and others.

Fast Thomas. "Marilou Awiakta's Poems." Short essay by college student, Ferrum College, March 29, 2003.

Fulcrum Publishing has a page with a brief profile of Awiakta.

Marilou Awiakta. Brief profile at Tennessee Writers. The Tennessee Writers Project. Sponsored by the English Department of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"Mother Nature Sends a Pink Slip." (poem). Recited at the Memphis Gathering for Unity honoring the Sunbow5 walkers. Also published in Selu. This reprint has a couple typographical errors and does not retain Awiakta's spacing of lines on the page.

Native American Authors Project. Internet Public Library. Page on Marilou Awiakta, 1936-. Gives overview of career, descriptions of each book, several links.

Selu and Kanati - or - The Origin of Corn and Game. AppLit Folktale Index page with variants of these tales by Awiakta and others.

Weaving the Sacred Circle: The Prose and Poetry of Awiakta. Shepherd College (WV) Dept. of English welcomes Awiakta as a writer-in-residence, Oct. 2000, and recipient of the Appalachian Heritage Writer's Award. This page gave an overview of Awiakta's work, several passages of poetry, and several images from her books.

Other References to Check:

Greenfield Review

Southern Style     Who Cares?

Parabo/a    Woman of Power


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