PAULA GUNN ALLEN Biography - Famous Poets and dancers


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Paula Gunn Allen (1939 --), a poet, novelist, and editor, was born in             
Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up in Cubero, New Mexico. She received a       
bachelor's degree in English (1966) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative 
writing (1968) from the University of Oregon. She received her doctorate in       
American studies with an emphasis on Native American literature (1975) from the   
University of New Mexico. Her books of poetry include The Blind Lion (1974), A   
Cannon between My Knees (1981), Shadow Country (1982), and Life Is a Fatal       
Disease (1996). Her novel, The Woman Who Owned the Shadows was published in 1983. 
In addition, she has contributed to The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in   
American Indian Traditions (1986), Grandmothers of the Light: A Medicine Woman's 
Sourcebook (1991), As Long as the Rivers Flow: The Stories of 9 Native Americans 
(with Patricia Clark Smith) (1996). Finally, she has edited From the Center: A   
Folio: Native American Art and Poetry (1981), Studies in American Indian         
Literature: Critical Essays and Course Design (1983). Spider Woman's             
Granddaughters: Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing by Native American     
Women (1990), Voice of the Turtle: American Indian Literature, 1900-1970 (1994), 
and Song of the Turtle: American Indian Literature, 1974-1995 (1996).