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Nora Marks Dauenhauer

Nora Marks Dauenhauer, Alaska’s current State Writer Laureate, was raised in Juneau and Hoonah, as well as on the family fishing boat and in seasonal hunting and fishing sites around, Her first language is Tlingit. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and is internationally recognized for her creative writing, transcription, translation, and explication of Tlingit oral literature. Her creative writing has been widely published and anthologized. Her Raven plays have been performed in several venues internationally. For 14 years, she was Principal Researcher in Language and Cultural Studies at Sealaska Heritage Foundation. She received numerous awards including Humanist of the Year by the Alaska Humanities Forum, Alaska Governor’s Award for the Arts and the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award. She received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the University of Alaska Southeast. The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska recognized her with a lifetime achievement award. In 2010 she was inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame. In November 2011 she was selected as an Indigenous Leadership Award Honoree by Ecotrust, Salmon Nation in Oregon. She is married to Richard Dauenhauer, writer and former poet laureate of Alaska, with whom she has co-authored and co-edited several editions of Tlingit language and folklore material.

Nora’s numerous poems, essays and short stories have been anthologized and published in American and international journals, and books including The Alaska Native Reader: History, Culture, and Politics,  Messages from Alaska, The Alaska Reader: Voices from the North, Ice-Floe, International Poetry of the Far North. Her play, "Raven, King Salmon, and the Birds" is anthologized in Raven Tells Stories, An Anthology of Alaskan Native Writing.  Her Poem “Genocide” has been accepted to be anthologized in the forthcoming Dark Night Field Notes.








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