Gerald Vizenor

“Life is a chance, a story is a chance. That I am here is a chance.” --Gerald Vizenor 2011

Watch video of Gerald Vizenor's April 13, 2011, reading.

Gerald Vizenor is Distinguished Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is a citizen of the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota.  

Vizenor is the author of more than thirty books on Native histories, critical studies, and literature, including The People Named the Chippewa: Narrative Histories, and Manifest Manners: Narratives on Postindian Survivance.  He was the principal writer of the recent Constitution of the White Earth Nation.  

 Vizenor won the American Book Award for his novel Griever: An American Monkey King in China, and received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association.  His most recent books include Fugitive Poses: Native American Indian Scenes of Absence and Presence, and four novels, Chancers, Hiroshima Bugi: Atomu 57, Father Meme, and Shrouds of White Earth.  Native Liberty, a selection of essays, Native Storiers, an anthology of Native literature, and Survivance were recently published.  

May 2011