Stuart Youngman "Sy" Hoahwah
Hoahwah began his career as a visual artist. He is considered both a Native American and Southern poet, as his work is heavily influenced by his Southern plains heritage. Hoahwah’s poetry explores the contemporary continuance of Comanche identity into the 21st century, offering an ironic perspective on life in a cultural landscape haunted by death and beauty, and on the fringe of mass capitalism and Pan-Indianism. His poems are complex imagistic sets of surrealism, gang subculture, witchcraft, and ghost lore fused in tight lyrical narratives or post-modern enjambments. Foregoing any clichés of identity crises, Hoahwah reconstructs Comanche mythology within a contemporary Native consciousness of social survival.
Hoahwah, with his wife and five children, now resides near St. Louis, Missouri.