Gerald Vizenor

“Gerald Vizenor is Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico, and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He was born in Minneapolis, MN in 1934. He is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation. Vizenor attended New York University for one year, transferring to the University of Minnesota where he earned his B.A. in 1960. His graduate studies include University of Minnesota and Harvard University. His career includes work for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, and the Minneapolis Tribune. Vizenor’s teaching career includes professorships at Lake Forest College, Bemidji State University, University of Minnesota, University of Oklahoma, University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he was provost of Kresge College as well as professor of literature and American Studies.”

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  • Shrouds of White Earth (SUNY P)
  • Father Meme (U of New Mexico P)
  • Hiroshima Bugi: Atomu 57 (Nebraska UP)
  • Chancers (Oklahoma UP)
  • Hotline Healers: An Almost Browne Novel (Wesleyan UP)
  • Bearheart: The Heirship Chronicles (Minnesota UP) (revised version of Darkness in Saint Louis Bearheart)
  • The Heirs of Columbus (Wesleyan UP)
  • Griever: An American Monkey King in China (Minnesota UP)
  • The Trickster of Liberty: Tribal Heirs to a Wild Baronage (Emergent Literatures)
  • Earthdivers: Tribal Narratives on Mixed Descent (Minnesota UP)
  • Landfill Meditation: Crossblood Stories (Wesleyan UP)
  • Dead Voices: Natural Agonies In The New World (U. of Oklahoma Press)


  • Poems Born in the Wind (1960)
  • The Old Park Sleepers (1961)
  • South of the Painted Stones (1963)
  • Summer in the Spring: Anishinaabe Lyric Poems and Stories (Oklahoma UP)
  • Slight Abrasions: A Dialogue in Haiku, with Jerome Downes (Nodin Press)
  • Water Striders (Moving Parts Press)
  • Two Wings the Butterfly (privately printed)
  • Seventeen Chirps (Nodin Press)
  • Raising the Moon Vines (Nodin Press)
  • Matsushima : Pine Island (Nodin Press, 1984)
  • Empty Swings (Haiku in English Series) (Nodin Press)
  • Bear Island: The War At Sugar Point (Minnesota UP, 2006)
  • Almost Ashore (Salt Publishing, 2006)

Screen Play

  • Harold of Orange (1984)

Academic Works

  • Thomas James Whitehawk: Investigative Narrative in the Trial, Capital Punishment, and Commutation of the Death Sentence of Thomas James Whitehawk (Four Winds Press, 1968)
  • Touchwood : A Collection of Ojibway Prose (Many Minnesotas Project, No 3) (New Rivers Press)
  • The People Named the Chippewa: Narrative Histories (Minnesota UP)
  • The Everlasting Sky; New Voices from the People Named the Chippewa (MacMillan)
  • Manifest Manners: Postindian Warriors of Survivance (Wesleyan UP) (later renamed Manifest Manners: Narratives on Postindian Survivance[11]
  • Crossbloods; Bone Courts, Bingo, and Other Reports (Minnesota UP)
  • Wordarrows: Indians and Whites in the New Fur Trade (Minnesota UP)
  • Shadow Distance: A Gerald Vizenor Reader (Wesleyan UP)
  • Fugitive Poses: Native American Indian Scenes of Absence and Presence (Nebraska UP, 1998)
  • Native Liberty: Natural Reason and Cultural Survivance (Nebraska UP, 2009)


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