Henry uses prose autobiography and free verse in The Failure of Certain Charms to create what Heid Erdrich identified on the Salt Publishing website as a “dreamscape charmed by powerful songs.” Henry's poems have been included in the anthologies Songs from This Earth on Turtle’s Back: Contemporary American Indian Poetry (1983) and Returning the Gift: Poetry and Prose from the First Native American Writers (1994).
The Light People (1994), a novel, won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Gordon has also co-authored the textbook The Ojibway (2004).
Henry held a Fulbright Lectureship in Spain in 1994. He is a professor of English at Michigan State University and editor of the American Indian Studies Series at Michigan State University Press.
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