Staff Picks: 10 Native American Women Writers You Should Be Reading Now

November 15, 2018

Staff Picks

November is Native American Heritage Month, a month to celebrate the rich culture, traditions, and histories of Native people, as well as their unique and lasting contributions to our world. According to the National Congress of American Indians, “Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.”
In light of this, the staff at AWP would like to share a list of ten Indigenous women writers whose contributions to literary culture we would like to honor. The contributions of all Indigenous writers are, of course, invaluable, though these are some of our favorites. Please join us in celebrating Native American Heritage Month by checking out these incredible writers if you haven’t already, and share your favorite lines and passages with us on social media.

Natalie Diaz

Debra Magpie Earling

Jennifer Foerster

Joy Harjo

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Layli Long Soldier

Terese Marie Mailhot

Leslie Marmon Silko

Elissa Washuta

Erika T. Wurth

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