About Allison Hedge CokeAllison Adelle Hedge Coke (Cherokee-Huron) is a Native American poet and editor. She was born in Amarillo, Texas, on August 4th, 1958. Her father's family lives in North Carolina, where she spent part of her girlhood, but she has also lived throughout the Great Plains and in California. Hedge Coke holds an A.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts and a master's degree from Vermont College, as well a professional performing arts certificate from Estelle Harmon's. She has published poetry in numerous anthologies, such as Reinventing the Enemy's Language, Gatherings, Dissolving Boundaries, Sister Nations, and Visit Teepee Town, and has co-edited Voices of Thunder, It's Not Quiet Anymore, Working Clans, and Radio Wave Mama.
Her poetry collection, Dog Road Woman, was published in 1998 and was an American Book Award winner the following year. Her autobiographical memoir, Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer, came out in 2004. Two more books of poetry, Off- Season City Pipe and Blood Run, were published in 2005 and 2007, respectively. She currently holds the Paul W. and Clarice Kingston Reynolds Chair of Poetry at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have been translated into multiple languages and have appeared in Poetry Out Loud, American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement, World Literature Today, Orion, the New York Times, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Bettering American Poetry, Split This Rock Poem of the Week, Gargoyle, South Dakota Review, This Land, Denver Quarterly, Plume, Rattle, Waxwing, Brooklyn Rail, Bombay Gin, Academy of American Poets: Poem a Day, River Styx, Green Mountains Review, Akashic Noir, Poetry International, nd others.
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