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Carolyn M. Dunn, Ph.D.

Carolyn Dunn, PhD., is an American Indian artist of Cherokee, Muskogee Creek, and Seminole descent on her father's side, and is Cajun, French Creole, and Tunica-Biloxi on her mother's. Her work has been recognized by the Wordcraft Circle of Storytellers and Writers as Book of the Year for poetry (Outfoxing Coyote, 2002) as well as the Year's Best in 1999 for her short story "Salmon Creek Road Kill", Native American Music Awards (for the Mankillers cd Comin to Getcha) and the Humboldt Area Foundation. In addition to Outfoxing Coyote, her books include Through the Eye of the Deer (Aunt Lute Books, 1999), Hozho: Walking in Beauty (McGraw Hill, 2002), Coyote Speaks (H.N. Abrams, 2008), Echolocation: Poems, Stories and Songs from Indian Country: L.A. (Fezziweg Press, 2013), and the forthcoming The Stains of Burden and Dumb Luck (Mongrel Empire Press, 2015).

 

As an academic, Dr. Dunn's work has primarily focused on landscape in American Indian women's literature (poetry, prose, and drama), and urban American Indian identity formation in California. She received her Doctorate in American Studies (with a focus on American Indian Literature and Theater) from the University of Southern California, where she was a James Irvine Fellow, and an M.A. in American Indian literature and folklore from UCLA. Her essays have appeared in The American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Belles Lettres, and the anthologies American Indian Performing Arts: Critical Directions, Reading Native American Women, and Cultural Representation and Contestation in Native America, among others. She has taught and developed university curriculum in American Indian literature (poetry and fiction), history, and theatre; she has adapted and directed numerous radio theatre plays as well as staged productions of traditional stories, poems and songs with the American Indian Theatre Collective, Chapa De Indian Youth Theatre Company, The Los Angeles Theater Project, and directed a staged reading of Arigon Starr's one woman play, The Red Road for Native Voices at The Autry at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles in 2005. Her fiction and poetry appeared in numerous anthologies, including After (Hyperion, 2012), The Coyote Road (Viking, 2007) and Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest (Viking, 2004). Her plays have been produced all over the country; her most recent play, The Frybread Queen, premiered in Los Angeles in March 2011, after a developmental production at Montana Repertory Theater and at the La Jolla Playhouse. The play has been called "one of the most talked about new Native theater pieces in the United States." (Broadway World).

Currently, Dr. Dunn is an Assistant Professor of Literature and Language and Creative Writing and is the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity at Central Michigan University, where she oversees grant programs that support student academic outreach, support and retention, including Upward Bound, GEAR Up, King Chavez Parks programs, and Michigan Campus Compact Student Support Programs.