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Diane Glancy

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Diane Glancy

A site dedicated to the study of her works.

Diane Glancy, an author of Cherokee and German descent, is an award-winning and prolific poet, playwright, and novelist. In 2008-2009, she held the Visiting Richard Thomas Chair at Kenyon College. Prior to this position, Glancy taught creative writing for nearly two decades at Macalester College. She also held the title of artist in residence for the State Arts Council of Oklahoma for nearly ten years. Glancy has taught at the Bread Loaf School of English M.A. program on the campus of the Native American Preparatory School in Rowe, New Mexico; at the University of Minnesota as the Edlestein-Keller Minnesota Writer of Distinction; and at The Loft in Minneapolis, where she was the Native American Inroads Mentor. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri, a master's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop.

Glancy is known for drawing upon her surrounding and American history for inspiration. Her work includes Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears and Designs of the Night Sky, both of which draw on the history of the Cherokee Removal, as well as Stone Heart: A Novel of Sacajawea.

Commenting on her recent novel The Reason for Crows, Gerald Vizenor, author of Father Meme, remarked: “Diane Glancy is a storier of native remembrance at the verge of history. The Reason for Crows is an inspired first-person memoir of Kateri Tekakwitha, the daughter of a Christian mother and a Mohawk Chief. Kateri was touched by the Jesuits and ‘set apart by God.’ Pockmarked by smallpox and orphaned as a child in the late seventeenth century, she comes alive in the emotive voice of an eminent literary artist, a particular union of native spirits and God.”

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