About Oscar Hokeah

New Pic - Oscar HokeahI’ve spent over a decade empowering Native American communities.  From my work in Santa Fe, NM with Intermountain Youth Centers and the Santa Fe Mountain Center, I’ve worked with Pueblo, Apache, and Navajo peoples.  Currently, living in my home town of Tahlequah, Oklahoma (in the heart of Cherokee Nation), I work with Indian Child Welfare, where I give back to the community that nurtured and embedded  the Indigenous values I pass along to my children.

I’m a regionalist Native American writer of literary fiction, interested in capturing intertribal and multicultural aspects within two tribally specific communities: Tahlequah and Lawton, Oklahoma.  I was raised inside these tribal circles and continue to reside there today–half Native American (Kiowa/Cherokee) and half Hispanic.  I belong to the Stopp family in Tahlequah, and the Hokeah and Tahsequah families in Lawton (organized The Oklahoma Gourd Dance Club–we’re easy to find).  I have family actively involved with the Comanche War Scouts Society, Comanche Little Ponies Society, and the Kiowa Tia-Piah Society.

I hold an M.A. in English from the University of Oklahoma, with a concentration in Native American Literature. I also hold a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), with a minor in Indigenous Liberal Studies. I’m a recipient of the Truman Capote Scholarship Award through IAIA, and also a winner of the Native Writer Award through the Taos Summer Writers Conference. I have short stories published in South Dakota Review, American Short Fiction, Yellow Medicine Review, Surreal South ’09, and Red Ink Magazine

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  1. It’s interesting to come across someone like yourself, with such a historic ancestry. Not something one comes across everyday.
    Anyway, thanks for checking out a recent post. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate it.

    Michael.

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  2. Hello, I’ve blogged about 2 1/2 years and you are my nearest blogging neighbor it appears. I live in Mustang, OK so I sharing about the same kind of cold. 😀 You left a like on my “Daddy’s Boots” today. Thank you

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    1. Always nice to run into a fellow Oklahoman. It has been awful cold here in Tahlequah. This weekend looks to be nice though. Hope it sticks around. Thank you for stopping by and please come by as often as you like.

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    1. I went on hiatus a number of times. I start these blogs with much enthusiasm and they tend to dwindle away over time. This one appears to be sticking so we’ll see how it all works out. Thank you, Michael. I’ll pop over and check it out.

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  3. Wow. I respect the work you do, both through child welfare and as a writer. From reading your musings about revision–the post on chapter five–and the values you bring to your work, I sense professionalism ad compassion. Thanks for liking my post–I’m going to follow your blog, something I don’t often do.

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    1. Thank you, Rick. I’m glad you stopped by and shared your kind words. Please come back often. It’s been a long journey through this field and I feel like I’m still at the starting line. I hope you continue to enjoy my writing.

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