Allison Hedge Coke

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Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
BornAugust 4, 1958
Amarillo, Texas, United States
OccupationPoet, writer, artist, performer, filmmaker, educator, professional organizer
GenrePoetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, script, lyrics
Notable worksDog Road Woman; Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer; Off-Season City Pipe; Blood Run Streaming
Notable awardsAmerican Book Award,
King/Chavez/Parks Award
Website
allisonhedgecoke.com rdkla.com

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is an American poet and editor. Her debut book, Dog Road Woman, won the American Book Award and was the first finalist of the Paterson Poetry Prize and Diane DeCora Award. Since then, she has written five more books and edited eight anthologies. She is known for addressing issues of culture, prejudice, Indigenous rights, the environment, peace, violence, abuse, and labor in her poetry and other creative works.[1]

Hedge Coke is of mixed indigenous and European ethnicity, and many of her works, such as Blood Run and Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer explore her indigenous heritage.[2]

Early Life and education[edit]

Hedge Coke had a very non-traditional childhood educational experience, dropping out of high school to work in the crop fields to provide for herself. She then completed her GED at age 16 where she shortly after began taking community education classes at North Carolina State University, studying photography, traditional arts, and writing. Hedge Coke studied performance, directing and tech at Estelle Harmon's Actors Workshop, and went on to earn an AFAW in creative writing from the Institute for American Indian Arts (IAIA summer exchange fellow at Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Summer Writing Program), and an MFA in poetry from Vermont College.[2]

Career[edit]

She held a National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Visiting Professor/Writer appointment for Hartwick College (2004). She is an original and emeritus fellow of the Black Earth Institute Think-Tank, a MacDowell Colony for the Arts Fellow, a Hawthorden Castle Fellow, a Soul Mountain Fellow, a Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities Fellow, a Lannan Foundation residency fellow, and a current University of Nebraska–Lincoln Center for Great Plains Studies Fellow (flagship campus). She served as the Distinguished Paul W. Reynolds and Clarice Kingston Reynolds Endowed Chair in English, and as an Associate Professor of Poetry & Creative Writing in the English Department of the University of Nebraska at Kearney (2007–2012) and University of Nebraska low-residency MFA program (2007–current).

She was visiting Artist of the University of Central Oklahoma (2012–2014), and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Hawaii at Manoa[3] (2014). [4][5] She has also served as a Visiting Writer for the University of California Riverside (2014) and University of California Riverside–Palm Desert (2008), and taught for Northern Michigan University, the University of Arkansas, Lenoir-Rhyne University,[6] Kilian College, and the University of Sioux Falls. Hedge Coke is a founding faculty member of the full residency Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing and Publishing (2015–),[7] teaches for Oklahoma City University's Red Earth MFA (2016–), and is visiting faculty for the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University. She has directed the annual Literary Sandhill Crane Retreat, in conjunction with her studies in migration patterning influence on flyway communities, since 2007. Hedge Coke is a distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.[8]

Poetry[edit]

Hedge Coke's work Blood Run, a free verse poetry collection of 66 poems, was inspired by the traditions of the Native American Mound Builders and their earthworks. Blood Run revives the history of the sites giving profound voice to humans, animals, plants and structures, also with political-ecological hope for the future to preserve ancient spiritual places.[9] The poems show a mathematical patterning based on the numbers four, three and seven and on the sequence of the first 24.primes.[10] In Hedge Coke's Streaming, the poem, America I sing you back was born not out of anger but concern for what she saw happening in the United States 12 years ago, alarmed by the greediness of politicians to take natural resources from the land. America I sing you back can be interpreted as an alternate view to the identity of America, following in the footsteps of Walt Whitman's poem, I Hear America Singing and Langston Hughes, I too.[9]

Discography[edit]

  • Streaming, Long Person Records (Yvwi Gvnahita), with trio project Rd Klā (album)[11]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Burn (Illustrated by Dustin Mater), MadHat Press, 2017 (Poems) ISBN 1941196454
  • Effigies III, Editor, Salt Publishing, UK, 2019 ISBN 9781784631833
  • Streaming, Coffee House Press (poems). ISBN 978-1-56689-375-6[12]
  • Effigies II: An Anthology of New Indigenous Writing. Editor, Salt Publishing. 2014[1] Native America Calling Book of the Month
  • Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer, University of Nebraska Press (memoir, paperback edition), ISBN 978-0-8032-4846-5[13]
  • Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas, Editor, University of Arizona Press. 2011.[14]
  • Effigies: An Anthology of New Indigenous Writing, Pacific Rim, Editor, Salt Publishing. 2009.[15]
  • Acquisition editor: Bone Light by Orlando White, Red Hen Press. 2009.
  • Ahani: Indigenous American Poetry", Editor, Oregon State University.[16]
  • Blood Run", Salt Publishing (free verse play poems) ISBN 1844712664[9]
  • Off-Season City Pipe, Coffee House Press (poems) ISBN 978-1-56689-171-4[17]
  • From the Fields, editor, California Poets in the Schools Press.[18]
  • Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer, University of Nebraska Press (memoir) ISBN 978-0-8032-1527-6[19][20]
  • They Wanted Children, editor, Sioux Falls School District Press. (Sioux Falls School District (South Dakota))
  • Coming to Life, editor, Sioux Falls School District Press, (Sioux Falls School District)[21]
  • Dog Road Woman : Poems, ISBN 978-1-56689-061-8, Coffee House Press.[22]
  • Year of the Rat, (Chapbook) Grimes Press.[23]
  • It's Not Quiet Anymore: New Work from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Co-Senior Editor with Heather Ahtone, Institute of American Indian Arts Press.[24]
  • Voices of Thunder: New Work from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Co-Senior Editor with Heather Ahtone, Institute of American Indian Arts Press.

In anthology

Books edited or co-edited[edit]

Edited books

  • Effigies III, Editor, Salt Publications, UK, 2019 ISBN 9781784631833[25]
  • Effigies II: An Anthology of New Indigenous Writing. Editor, Salt Publishing. 2014[26]
  • Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas, Editor, University of Arizona Press. 2011.[14]
  • Effigies: An Anthology of New Indigenous Writing, Pacific Rim, Editor, Salt Publishing. 2009.
  • Bone Light by Orlando White, series editor, Red Hen Press. 2009.[27]
  • From the Fields, Editor, California Poets in the Schools Press.[18]
  • Ahani: Indigenous American Poetry", Editor, Oregon State University. Oregon State University.[16]
  • They Wanted Children, editor, Sioux Falls School District Press. Sioux Falls School District (South Dakota) Sioux Falls School District (South Dakota) Poems and stories of coping. The Lost Boys from Sudan, American Indian students, Immigrant...
  • Coming to Life, editor, Sioux Falls School District Press. Sioux Falls School District (South Dakota). Sioux Falls School District (South Dakota)[21] Poems of Peace After 9-11.
  • It's Not Quiet Anymore: New Work from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Co-Senior Editor with Heather Ahtone, Institute of American Indian Arts Press. Institute of American Indian Arts Press.[24]
  • Voices of Thunder: New Work from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Co-Editor with Heather Ahtone, Institute of American Indian Arts Press.[24]

Awards[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Effigies II, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Laura Da', Ungelbah Davila et al., Poetry by individual poets, 9781844718955 | buy from Salt". Salt Publishing. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Harball, Elizabeth (January 16, 2018). "Allison Adelle Hedge Coke". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "Visiting Writers and Distinguished Writers in Residence – Department of English, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa".
  4. ^ "University of Nebraska Biographical Information Link for Endowed Chair".
  5. ^ "Allison Hedge Coke". english.hawaii.edu. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  6. ^ "Lenoir-rhyne Writing Program Director Discusses the Writing Life". Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe. n.d. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "MFA Nation 2016: A Compendium of Graduate Programs in Creative Writing" (PDF). Poets & Writers. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "Allison Hedge Coke". Department of Creative Writing. University of California, Riverside. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c "Blood Run, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Poetry by individual poets, 1844712664 | buy from Salt". Salt Publishing. Archived from the original on April 28, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  10. ^ Allen, Chadwick (2010). "Serpentine Figures, Sinuous Relations: Thematic Geometry in Allison Hedge Coke's Blood Run". American Literature. 82 (4): 807–834. doi:10.1215/00029831-2010-046.
  11. ^ "Rd Klā & Allison Adelle Hedge Coke | Streaming". CD Baby Music Store. 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  12. ^ "Streaming | Coffee House Press". coffeehousepress.org. Archived from the original on September 5, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  13. ^ "Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer – University of Nebraska Press". nebraskapress.unl.edu. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas". uapress.arizona.edu. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  15. ^ "Effigies, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, dg nanouk okpik, Cathy Tagnak Rexford & Brandy Nalani McDougall, Poetry anthologies (various poets), 9781844714070 | buy from Salt". Salt Publishing. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  16. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 22, 2006. Retrieved March 17, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 11, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ a b "Welcome to California Poets in the Schools". cpits.org. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  19. ^ "Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer – University of Nebraska Press". nebraskapress.unl.edu. Archived from the original on June 12, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  20. ^ "Book of the Month 2004: August 25 – Book of the Month: "Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer"". Native America Calling. Archived from the original on June 22, 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  21. ^ a b Coming to Life: allison Adelle Hedge Coke: 9780972237000: Amazon.com: Books. ISBN 0972237003.
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 30, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ "NCW—Selected Publications of". mockingbird.creighton.edu. Archived from the original on July 15, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  24. ^ a b c http://www.spdbooks.org/Products/14794/its-not-quiet-anymore-new-work-from-the-institute-of-american-indian-arts.aspx[permanent dead link]
  25. ^ Hedge Coke, Allison (2019). Effigies III. UK: Salt Publications. ISBN 9781784631833.
  26. ^ "http://www.saltpublishing.com/writers/profile.php?recordID=208324 Archived 2014-11-08 at the Wayback Machine"
  27. ^ "http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/i-dont-stand-alone-poets-orlando-white-and-sherwin-bitsui-on-the-importance-of-mentors/">
  28. ^ "Witter Bynner Fellowships (Prizes and Fellowships, The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress)". Library of Congress.
  29. ^ "2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards". Independent Publisher Book Awards. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  30. ^ "English Department news". University of Nebraska at Kearney. 2008. Archived from the original on January 29, 2009.
  31. ^ "University of Nebraska Biographical Page for Endowed Chair".
  32. ^ "Great Plains Fellows: English". Center for Great Plains Studies, Nebraska. University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  33. ^ a b c d "Allison A. Hedge Coke". South Dakota Arts Council. Archived from the original on March 10, 2009. Retrieved March 17, 2009.
  34. ^ "EBSCO Online Library Search Engine Directory – Find Articles, News, Periodicals and Other Premium Online Content". connection.ebscohost.com. Retrieved December 13, 2014.[permanent dead link]
  35. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 3, 2009. Retrieved March 17, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  36. ^ "Redirect To Michigan.gov Portal". michigan.gov. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  37. ^ "Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation – Welcome". sfacf.org. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  38. ^ "Joyce – Links". Archived from the original on August 16, 2000. Retrieved December 13, 2014.

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External links[edit]

  1. ^ “Allison Adelle Hedge Coke.” Poetry Foundation, Poetry Foundation, www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/allison-adelle-hedge-coke.
  2. ^ “Allison Adelle Hedge Coke.” Poets.org, Academy of American Poets, www.poets.org/poet/allison-adelle-hedge-coke.
  3. ^ “Blood Run.” Salt, Salt Publishing, www.saltpublishing.com/products/blood-run-9781844712663.
  4. ^ Brooks, Mary Jo. “America, I Sing You Back.” PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, November 15, 2016, PBS/newshour/arts/poetry/america-sing-back.