Bibliography: Luci Tapahonso

Works published by Luci Tapahonso are listed below.  In addition to what is listed here, her work has been published in numerous anthologies.  Team Tapahonso recommends investigating her personal website in addition to this page for a complete list of what anthologies have published her work.  We also recommend that you consider the Internet Public Library’s Native American Authors Project for more information as well.

Poetry & Short Story

Tapahonso, Luci. A Radiant Curve: Poems and Stories. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2008.

Tapahonso, Luci. Blue Horses Rush in: Poems and Stories. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1997.

A beautiful collection of poems and stories focused around her Navajo culture, family and community, and on the interconnected relationships of family, relations to and with the land.

Tapahonso, Luci. Sáanii Dahataał, the Women Are Singing: Poems and Stories. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1993.

A wonderful collection of poetry that revolves around family, community, interpersonal relationships connected together through reading and listening to old stories, new stories, and adventures. This book also contains one of her most popular poems, Raisin Eyes.

Tapahonso, Luci. This Is How They Were Placed for Us. Kansas City, MO: Feuillets, 1994.

Tapahonso, Luci. A Breeze Swept Through. Albuquerque, NM: West End Press, 1987.
Luci Tapahonso brings readers to the Navajo reservation by infusing English and the Navajo Language to bring to life the essence and spirit of nature on the reservation with her descriptions of sagebrush, everyday reservation conversations, and the spiritual beauty of ceremonies  Other works in this include Raisin Eyes, A Discreet Conversation and Yaadi La

Tapahonso, Luci. Seasonal Woman. Santa Fe, NM: Tooth of Time Books, 1982.  

Tapahonso, Luci. One More Shiprock Night: Poems. San Antonio, TX: Tejas Art Press, 1981.

Children’s Books

Tapahonso, Luci, and Anthony C. Emerson. Songs of Shiprock Fair. Walnut, CA: Kiva Pub, 1999.

Nezbah, a young Navajo girl experiencing the annual Shiprock fair, from the parade, carnival, food, contests, exhibits, shows and an opportunity to visit with relatives. Luci Tapahonso and Anthony Chee Emerson’s colorful and vibrant literary and artistic illustrations and writing ability make you feel like you are at the fair with Nezbah experiences this journey with her.

Tapahonso, Luci, and Eleanor Schick. Navajo ABC: A Diné Alphabet Book. New York: Macmillan Books for Young Readers, 1995.

A Diné alphabet book that compares words with objects or person named that are illustrated by Eleanor Schick in color-pencil. This book includes a Navajo glossary for pronunciation guidance, translations and a cultural context for each object or items. This is a wonderful multicultural learning tool for readers.

Bibliography: Luci Tapahonso

Here are some additional material about Luci Tapahonso and her work.  These secondary materials should help you understand her work in the context of contemporary Southwestern women writers as well as how the author contextualizes her work for herself. 

Audio & Print Interviews

Bruchac, Joseph, and Luci Tapahonso. "A Melus Interview: Luci Tapahonso." Melus. 11.4 (1984): 85-91. Print.

Deming, Alison H, and Luci Tapahonso. Reading [2009] with Alison Hawthorne Deming and Luci Tapahonso for the 2009 Tucson Festival of Books. Tucson: University of Arizona Poetry Center, 2009.

This sound recording is available through the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s collection of digital video discs which are for internal library use only. For more information on this particular record within the collection visit the Poetry Center’s permanent link for this recording.

Penner, Andrea M. “The Moon Is So Far Away: An Interview with Luci Tapahonso.”  Studies in American Indian Literatures Ser. 2. 8 (1996):1-12. Print.

Presson, Rebekah.  Interview with Luci Tapahonso.  "New Letters on the Air."   Kansas City, MO: University of Missouri, 1992. Sound recording.

This show (Program Number 100992) features Luci Tapahonso reading from Saanii Dahataal: The Women Are Singing.   This sound recording is available through the University of Arizona Poetry Center. This recording can also be purchased directly from "New Letters on the Air."

Print Collections
Lincoln, Kenneth. “Southwest Crossings: Luci Tapahonso and Leslie Silko.”  Speak Like Singing: Classics of Native American Literature. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2007.  95-123. Print.

Both authors’ work are discussed as demonstrative of the pulse of American Indian life in the southwest.  Lincoln pays close attention to Luci Tapahonso’s narrative lyric (Radiant Curve) and Leslie Marmon Silko’s lyric narrative (Ceremony) styles which, along with their other published works, are  juxtaposed with their biographies, communities of origin and the landscape they currently inhabit.

Tapahonso, Luci. “The Radiant Curve: Navajo Ceremony in Contemporary Life.” Native Universe: Voices of Indian America  Ed.  Gerald  McMaster and Clifford E. Trafzer. Washington: National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, 2008. Print.

Luci Tapahonso discusses how ancestral traditions still shape modern Navajo life in this book published to honor the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, DC. 

-----. “Blue Horses Rush In.” The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women: The Tradition in English. Eds. Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar. New York: Norton, 1985. 1392-1393. Print.

Brief discussion of Luci Tapahonso’s work in the context of women’s literature written in English as well as a basic biography.

-----. “Leda and the Cowboy.” The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women: The Tradition in English. Eds. Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar. New York: Norton, 1985. 1393-1395. Print.

Brief discussion of Luci Tapahonso’s work in the context of women’s literature written in English as well as a basic biography.

Literary Criticism
Belin, E. "Luci Tapahonso. A Radiant Curve: Poems and Stories." Studies in American Indian Literatures. New Series 22.1 (2010): 125-127. Print.

Harjo, Joy. Joy Harjo Lecture, Native American Women Writers, August, 1985. Internet resource.

In this first half of a Joy Harjo lecture on Native American women writers, Luci Tapahonso’s work, "The Dust Will Settle," is discussed along with works by Anita Endrezze-Danielson, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, Laura Tohe and Paula Gunn Allen.  Harjo’s touches on the themes of Native culture, history, oppression, and worldview, and also looks at the riches to be found in Euro-American culture.   Access the digital recording here.

Romigh, Maggie.  “Luci Tapahonso's  ‘Leda and the Cowboy’: A Gynocratic, Navajo Response to Yeats's Leda and the Swan.”  Cultural Sites of Critical Insight: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and African American and Native American Women's Writings.  Eds. Angela L. Cotton and Christa D. Acampora.  Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007. 159-170. Print.

In this piece, Romigh discusses Tapahonso’s response to Yeats’s final poetic question as a positive answer steeped in healing ceremony for both Leda and the cowboy she captures.   This work was originally presented at the 37th Annual Western Literature Association Meeting, Tucson (October 2002) while the author was a student at New Mexico Highlands University.  The paper was also a finalist in the J. Golden Taylor competition for best paper by a graduate student at the WLA Conference.

Vasquez, Lee S.  "A Radiant Curve: Poems and Stories (review)." The American Indian Quarterly. 33.4 (2009): 570-572. Print.

Web links
Story Tellers

American Passages

Internet Public Library II

Reading of “Hill Brothers Coffee” written and read by Luci Tapahonso. (Location, date, and event unknown):