Laguna, Sioux, and Lebanese, Paula Gunn Allen, a well-known poet, fiction writer, scholar, editor, and feminist, grew up on the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. In 1966, she received a B.A. degree from the University of Oregon, followed by an M.F.A. in 1968. She completed a Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico in 1976.
Her anthology, Spider Woman’s Granddaughters: Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing by Native American Women (1989), received the Susan Koppelman Award from the Popular and American Culture Associations, the Native American Prize for Literature, and the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. In 2001, Allen was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas. Allen received a Lannon Literary Fellowship in 2007.
After a long career teaching at Fort Lewis College; Durango Community College; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; and University of California, Berkeley, and directing the Native American Studies Program at San Francisco State University, she retired from the English Department at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1999. She now lives in northern California.
As Long as the Rivers Flow: The Stories of Nine Native Americans. New York: Scholastic, 1996.
Blind Lion: Poems. Berkeley, Calif.: Thorp Springs Press, 1974.
A Cannon between My Knees (Poems). New York: Strawberry Press, 1981.
Coyote’s Daylight Trip. Albuquerque, N.M.: La Confluencia, 1978.
Grandmothers of the Light: A Medicine Woman’s Sourcebook. Boston: Beacon Press, 1991.
Hózhó, Walking in Beauty: Short Stories by American Indian Writers. Los Angeles: Lowell House, 2001.
Life Is a Fatal Disease: Collected Poems 1962–1995. Albuquerque, N.M.: West End Press, 1997.
Off the Reservation: Reflections on Boundary-Busting Border-Crossing Loose Canons. Boston: Beacon Press, 1998.
The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions. Boston: Beacon Press, 1986.