LeAnne Howe (enrolled citizen, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) is a novelist, playwright, poet and documentary filmmaker. She connects literature, Indigenous knowledge, Native histories, and expressive cultures in her work. She’s the award-winning author of Shell Shaker, 2001, and currently at work on a new novel set in the Middle East for which she received a Fulbright Scholarship 2010-2011, to live in Jordan while researching the book. She’s producing a new documentary film, Searching for Sequoyah with James M. Fortier for a 2019 release. Howe is the Eidson Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia, Athens.
Her Choctalking on Other Realities, a memoir, is the winner of the inaugural 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. Howe received the Western Literature Association’s 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award for her body of literature.
Other awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas; and a 2012 United States Artists Ford Fellowship.
LeAnne connects creative writing, literature, and Indigenous expressive cultures in her work. Her newest book, Savage Conversations (Coffee House Press, 2019) is the story of Mary Todd Lincoln and the Savage spirit she imagined that tortured her nightly in 1875.