Geary Hobson
Geary Hobson
Board Member
Geary Hobson is the author of a number of scholarly monographs and novels. He has also published poems, short stories, critical articles, book reviews, and historical essays, in The Greenfield Review, Arizona Quarterly, Contact/II, Western American Literature, World Literature Today, Y'Bird, and other journals. Among his current projects are The Literature of Indian Country, a critical and historical study of Native American writing and publishing from 1968 to 1992; a second novel; a second book of poems; and a second collection of essays and other nonfiction writing.
Jeanetta Calhoun Mish
Jeanetta Calhoun Mish
Board Member
Jeanetta Calhoun Mish’s is a scholar, poet, and prose writer. Her most recent books are What I Learned at the War, a poetry collection (West End Press, 2016) and Oklahomeland: Essays (Lamar University Press, 2015). Dr. Mish is Director of The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA @ Oklahoma City University where she also serves as advisor to Red Earth Review and as a faculty mentor in writing pedagogy, professional writing, and the craft of poetry.
Todd Fuller
Todd Fuller
Board Member
Todd Fuller grew up in Indiana where he participated in the clichéd rituals of youth. Since then, he completed his Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University and published his first book, 60 Feet Six Inches and Other Distances from Home: the (Baseball) Life of Mose YellowHorse (Holy Cow! Press), which was released in 2002. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals across the country, including the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, American Literary Review, Apalachee Review, Crazyhorse, Hawai’i Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Third Coast, Weber Studies, and William and Mary Review. In addition, his work has also been anthologized in The Great Plains: A Cross-Disciplinary Reader and the Encyclopedia of Native Americans and Sports. In 2004, he helped found Pawnee Nation College and served as the school’s first president until 2011. He currently serves as an Associate Director for Research Development at the University of Oklahoma.
Elise Paschen
Elise Paschen
Board Member
Elise Paschen, a member of the Osage Nation, is the author of The Nightlife (Red Hen, 2017); Bestiary; Infidelities, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize; and Houses: Coasts. Her poems have been published in The New Yorker and Poetry, among other magazines, and in numerous anthologies such as Reinventing the Enemy's Language: Contemporary Native Women's Writings. Paschen is co-editor of Poetry Speaks and Poetry in Motion, among other anthologies, and editor of The New York Times best-selling anthology Poetry Speaks to Children and Poetry Speaks Who I Am. Former Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, she is a co-founder of Poetry in Motion, a nation-wide program which places poetry posters in subways and buses. Dr. Paschen teaches in the MFA Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Denise Low
Denise Low
Board Member
Denise Low, 2007-9 Kansas Poet Laureate, is award-winning author of 25 books, including Jackalope, fiction, and Mélange Block, poetry. Her memoir The Turtle’s Beating Heart is from the University of Nebraska Press’s American Indian Lives Series (Jan. 1 2017). Low is past board president of AWP. She blogs, reviews, and co-publishes Mammoth Publications, which specializes in Native books. She teaches in the Baker University School of Graduate and Professional Studies in addition to professional workshops across the country. She taught at Haskell Indian Nations University, where she founded the creative writing program. She has Delaware (Lenape/Munsee) heritage.
Kim Wieser
Kim Wieser
Board Member
Dr. Kimberly (Roppolo) Wieser is an Assistant Professor of English and Affiliated Native American Studies and Environmental Studies faculty at the University of Oklahoma. She currently serves as President of the Board of Returning the Gift, Inc. She is one of the co-authors of Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective (OU Press) and the author of Back to the Blanket: Recovered Rhetorics and Literacies in American Indian Studies, upcoming from OU Press. She has published short stories in Indian Country Noir and in River, Blood, Corn. She has published poems in a number of journals and anthologies, including Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence; Studies Bleed Me A River: A Domestic Violence Anthology; This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation; and Birthed from Scorched Hearts: Women Respond to War.
Rachel Jackson
Rachel Jackson
Board Member
Rachel C. Jackson, Ph.D. (Cherokee), teaches writing courses as a Lecturer at the University of Oklahoma. She is a Ford Foundation Fellow as well as a Research Fellow with the Newberry Consortium on American Indian Studies. She leads digital storytelling workshops on multiple campuses and in communities helping people to create meaningful multimodal stories from their own lives. She also co-instructs the Kiowa Clemente Course in the Humanities in Anadarko, Oklahoma – a community-based course that focuses on perpetuating Kiowa culture and language. Her work also includes serving as Project Director for the Native Daughters of Oklahoma curriculum companion (University of Nebraska, 2015), a project funded by the Oklahoma Humanities Council. Additionally, Rachel contributes to Indigenous digital humanities projects, most recently as a Lead Writer for the Chickasaw Nation’s innovative mobile application AYA – A Homeland Journey.
Barbara Hobson
Barbara Hobson
Board Member
Dr. Hobson is a citizen of the Comanche Nation and has forty years of experience in higher education administration working with American Indian students. She served on the Comanche Nation College Council for nine years and was First Leader of the council until she retired in 2013. Dr. Hobson’s career started as a counselor at Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has worked in various counseling and administrative positions in colleges and universities which include the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of Albuquerque, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Oklahoma. Her first position at OU was the Coordinator for American Indian Student Services. She became National Director of the first Returning the Gift Festival held in Norman, Oklahoma in 1992. Dr. Hobson became the Assistant Director of Native American Studies when the program was first established in 1994.
Rilla Askew
Rilla Askew
Board Member
Rilla Askew is the author of four novels and a book of stories. She’s a PEN/Faulkner finalist, recipient of the Western Heritage Award, Oklahoma Book Award, and a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her novel about the Tulsa Race Riot, Fire in Beulah, received the American Book Award in 2002. Askew’s collection of creative nonfiction, Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place, will be forthcoming from OU Press in 2017. She teaches creative writing at the University of Oklahoma
Odilia Rodriguez
Odilia Rodriguez
Board Member
Odilia Galván Rodríguez, eco-poet, writer, editor, and activist, is the author of four volumes of poetry; her latest is Red Earth Calling: Cantos for the 21st Century. She was the English edition editor of Tricontinental Magazine in Havana, Cuba. She facilitates creative writing workshops nationally and is a moderator of “Poets Responding to SB 1070” and “Love and Prayers for Fukushima,” both Facebook pages dedicated to bringing attention to social justice issues that affect the lives and well-being of many people.
Shauna Osborn
Shauna Osborn
Shauna Osborn is an award winning Comanche/German mestiza artist, researcher, secret agent, and wordsmith. She is the National Director of the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and has an MFA from New Mexico State University. Her debut poetry collection Arachnid Verve (Mongrel Empire Press, 2016) focuses on the acrobatic nature of Southwestern life. She creates contemporary work in her tribal language to help ensure its survival, funds tribal development and language immersion opportunities through grant writing, and creates Indigenous/feminist literary projects. Shauna’s list of honors includes a 2015 Artist in Residence for A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Waves Writing Retreat, a National Poetry Award from the New York Public Library, Alternating Current Press Luminaire Award for Best Poetry, and the Native Writer Award from UNM Summer Writers’ Conference.