VCU Visiting Writers: Ru Freeman (On Sal Mal Lane) & LeAnne Howe (Choctalking on Other Realities)
Ru Freeman‘s creative and political writing has appeared internationally. She is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl and On Sal Mal Lane, aNew York Times Editor’s Choice Book. Both novels have been translated into several languages including Italian, French, Hebrew, and Chinese. She is the editor of the ground-breaking anthology, Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine. She blogs for the Huffington Post on literature and politics, is a contributing editorial board member of the Asian American Literary Review, and has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Corporation of Yaddo, Hedgebrook, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Lannan Foundation. She is the 2014 winner of the Sister Mariella Gable Award for Fiction and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman.
LeAnne Howe (Choctaw)’s Choctalking on Other Realities was the winner of the inaugural 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. She received the Western Literature Association’s 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award for her body of work. Her novels include Shell Shaker, for which she won an American Book Award; Miko Kings, An Indian Baseball Story, the poetry collection Evidence of Red, and she’s the co-editor of Seeing Red, Pixeled Skins, American Indians and Film. Her recent poetry appears in Cutthroat Journal, New Letters Magazine,North American Review, 580 Split, and Red Ink. Currently she’s at work on a documentary film, Searching For Sequoyah with Ojibwe filmmaker James M. Fortier about the life of Sequoyah, a Cherokee leader and creator of the first written indigenous language in Native North American. She’s the Eidson Distinguished Professor of American Literature in the department of English at the University of Georgia.