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ALLISON HEDGE COKE


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ALLISON ADELLE HEDGE COKE has published three full volumes of poetry, Dog Road Woman (American Book Award), and Off-Season City Pipe (Wordcraft Writer of the Year Award), both from Coffee House Press; Blood Run (a free verse play regarding an Indigenous mound site), from Salt Publications (UK); a chapbook, The Year of the Rat; and a memoir, Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer (AIROS Book of the Month Selection), from the University of Nebraska Press.
A MacDowell Fellow and former Atlantic Center for the Arts resident, Hedge Coke has edited six volumes of poetry and writing, including several volumes of emerging poets and writers; a volume of coping by refugee Sudanese, Latino, Native American, and other high school students in a mainstream high school in South Dakota; the To Topos International Journal, Ahani: Indigenous American Poetry, the first collection representing the Western Hemisphere Americas (from the Arctic to Antarctic Circles) Indigenous Poets (multi-lingual); and Effigies, Salt Publications (UK).
Hedge Coke has won the Naropa Poetry Prize; the New Mexico Press Women's Creative Writing Award; several South Dakota Arts Council fellowships and awards; an excellence in literary arts Mayor's Award; two Community Foundation excellence in teaching awards; the King-Chavez-Parks Excellence in Teaching Award; Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers National Mentor of the Year award; and has received a National Endowment for the Arts project award to support her directorship of a Writers Voice Program. She has served as a director for the American Indian Registry of Performing Arts; as an area coordinator for California Poets in the Schools; and has worked for numerous artists in the schools programs nationwide, oftentimes as a full-year resident literary artist, beginning with SPACE in North Carolina in 1982. Her volunteer work has served students of writing from three to ninety three and includes service on housing boards, a state board overseeing arts in education, and several board services for educational and literary arts programs. She taught in K-12 for many years and was instrumental in initiating a Native Studies program at Kilian College and the WINGS program (mentoring formerly incarcerated juveniles returning to high school) in northern Sioux Falls.
Hedge Coke has served as National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hartwick College, New York; was an assistant professor of the English Department and MFA Program of Northern Michigan University; a professor of creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts; currently teaches for the summer intensive MFA/BFA in writing program at Naropa University and holds the Distinguished Paul and Clarice Reynolds Chair of English as an Associate Professor of Poetry and Writing at the University of Nebraska, Kearney. In the summers of 2005 and 2007, she performed in the world's largest and most significant poetry festival in Medellin, Colombia; in 2006 as the only woman poet from the United States to perform in the World Poetry Festival in Venezuela; and in fall of 2007 she will perform as the only United States poet in the Rosario International Festival of Poetry in Argentina. She has been instrumental in organizing literature and writing projects for incarcerated youth, underserved communities, and Indigenous communities and is dedicated to working for peace through poetry.
Hedge Coke has spoken at the United Nations, has participated in the United Nations Women's Peacekeeping effort, and is a MacDowell Colony and Black Earth Institute Think Tank Fellow. She is Cherokee (Tsalagi), Huron (Wendat), French Canadian, Metis, Creek, English, Irish, French, and Portuguese.



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