Today, host Angie Trudell Vasquez speaks to Oscar Hokeah on his debut novel, Calling For A Blanket Dance (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2022). Angie and Oscar share stories about going to the Institute of American Indian Arts, how his book came to be, and examine the role families can play in healing.
About the Guest
Oscar Hokeah is a citizen of Cherokee Nation and the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma from his mother’s side and has Mexican heritage through his father. He holds an MA in English with a concentration in Native American Literature from the University of Oklahoma, as well as a BFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), with a minor in Indigenous Liberal Studies. He is a recipient of the Truman Capote Scholarship Award through IAIA and is also a winner of the Native Writer Award through the Taos Summer Writers Conference. His short stories have been published in South Dakota Review, American Short Fiction, Yellow Medicine Review, Surreal South, and Red Ink Magazine. You can find more about him on his website, oscarhokeah.com.