Tommy Orange is an American author and writer from Oakland, California, and a citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. His first novel, There There, was an immediate hit, earning him the 2019 American Book Award and making it on the New York Times Bestseller list. Through his writing, Orange aims to represent Native people while expanding the range of what it means to be Native. In addition to There There, Orange has published numerous short stories in reputable magazines.
Navarre Scott Momaday is a member of the Kiowa tribe best known for his novels, short stories, essays, and poems. Born in Oklahoma, Momaday was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1969) for his book House Made of Dawn. In addition to 20 honorary degrees from colleges and universities, Momaday has also received the National Medal of Arts (2007) for preserving Native American oral and art traditions. Many scholars consider Momaday's work the start of the Native American Renaissance.
Leslie Marmon Silko is a Laguna Pueblo Indian and American writer. Silko is considered one of the key figures in the Native American Renaissance for her poems, novels, and essays. Some of her published work includes Laguna Women: Poems, Ceremony, and Gardens in the Dunes. Given how influential her writing is, Silko has been awarded the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas Lifetime Achievement Award and the Robert Kirsch Award.
Stephen Graham Jones is a celebrated American author and a Blackfoot Native American. His novels are often classified as horror, and several scholars regard him as one of the best writers in the genre. Jones has published 22 books before the age of 50, including titles like The Bird is Gone: A Manifesto, Bleed into Me: A Book of Stories, and Demon Theories.
Louise Erdrich is an American author who has published 28 fiction, non-fiction, children's, and poetry books. An enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Erdrich's work regularly features Native American characters and settings. Throughout her career, Erdrich has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the National Book Award for Fiction. Some of her published work includes The Round House and The Plague of Doves.
David Treuer is an American author, critic, and academic. As an Ojibwe Indian, Treuer is passionate about reviving the Ojibwe language and culture, working on the language's grammar to preserve and extend it. Although some of his published work has stirred controversy, several people consider his writing influential. A few of Treuer's published titles include Little: A Novel, Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life, and Prudence.