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Adrian C. Louis

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b. 1946

A member of the Lovelock Paiute tribe, writer Adrian C. Louis grew up in Nevada and earned a BA and an MA in creative writing from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He has worked as a journalist and an editor and was a cofounder of the Native American Journalists Association. His novel Skins (1995) was made into a movie of the same title in 2002, directed by Chris Eyre. Louis has also published a collection of short stories: Wild Indians & Other Creatures (1996).

A chronicler of Native American life, Louis stated his themes as “personal survival” in an interview for Geronimo: A Journal of Politics and Culture. “I’m writing about my life. I guess deep down I sort of fancy myself as speaking for certain kinds of people who don’t have a choice—for the downtrodden.” Louis’s poetry collections include The Indian Cheap Wine Seance (1974); Fire Water World (1989), winner of the Poetry Center Book Award from San Francisco State University; Among the Dog Eaters (1992); Blood Thirsty Savages (1994); Vortex of Indian Fevers (1995); Ceremonies of the Damned (1997); Ancient Acid Flashes Back (2000); Bone & Juice (2001); Evil Corn (2004); Logorrhea (2006); and Savage Sunsets (2012).

Louis is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Fellowship. He has taught at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota and at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota. 

Adrian C. Louis

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b. 1946
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    A member of the Lovelock Paiute tribe, writer Adrian C. Louis grew up in Nevada and earned a BA and an MA in creative writing from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He has worked as a journalist and an editor and was a cofounder of the Native American Journalists Association. His novel Skins (1995) was made into a movie of the same title in 2002, directed by Chris Eyre. Louis has also published a collection of short stories: Wild Indians & Other Creatures (1996).
    A chronicler of Native American life, Louis stated his themes as “personal survival” in an interview for Geronimo: A Journal of Politics and Culture. “I’m writing about my life. I guess deep down I sort of fancy myself as speaking for certain kinds of people who don’t have a choice—for the downtrodden.” Louis’s poetry collections include The Indian Cheap Wine Seance (1974); Fire Water World (1989),...

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