Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

Vine Deloria: A Question of Legacy… a Challenge to Colonial Theory

Monday, March 25, 7:00pm, SDSU Student Union (Hobo Day Gallery Room)

A Crow Creek Dakota, Cook-Lynn was born in Fort Thompson, South Dakota and is Professor Emerita of English and Native American Studies at Eastern Washington University, where she taught from 1971 until her retirement in 1990. She did her undergraduate work at South Dakota State College (now SDSU) in English and Journalism, graduating with a BA in English and journalism in 1952. She obtained her Masters of Education from the University of South Dakota in Education, Psychology and Counseling in 1971. She was a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at Stanford University in 1976, has been a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Davis and at Arizona State University, and was co-founder of Wicazo Sa Review: A Journal of Native American Studies, now published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Since her retirement, Cook-Lynn has served as a writer-in-residence at universities around the country. In the fall of 1993, she and N. Scott Momaday held a workshop at SDSU for tribal writers; this became the Oak Lake Tribal Writers Retreat, which is still thriving today. Her writing and teaching centers on the “cultural, historical, and political survival of Indian Nations.” She is widely published and anthologized in a variety of genres, and her books include Why I Can’t Read Wallace Stegner and Other Essays: A Tribal Voice (1996, University of Wisconsin Press), I Remember the Fallen Trees: New and Selected Poems (1998, Eastern Washington University Press), Anti-Indianism in Modern America: A Voice from Tatekeya’s Earth and New Indians, Old Wars (2001 and 2007, both University of Illinois Press), Notebooks of Elizabeth Cook-Lynn (2007, University of Arizona Press),  A Separate Country: Postcoloniality and American Indian Nations (2011, Texas Tech University Press), and From the River’s Edge (Living Justice Press, 2012).

Among her many awards are the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, the Literary Contribution Award for 2002 from the Mountain Plains Library Association; her book, Why I Can’t Read Wallace Stegner was cited for a Gustavus Myers Award by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America at Boston University.


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