LeAnne Howe, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is the author of three books, including the novel Shell Shaker (Aunt Lute 2001), winner of the 2002 American Book Award. In 2006-2007 she was the John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi at Oxford. Howe wrote the screenplay for Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire, a 90-minute PBS documentary released in November 2006. Her poetry collection Evidence of Red (Salt Publishing, UK; 2005) was awarded the 2006 Oklahoma Book Award. Currently, Howe is Associate Professor and Interim Director of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and teaches in the M.F.A. program there.  She divides her time between her home in Ada, Oklahoma, and her academic life in Illinois.


Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story

LeAnne Howe

"LeAnne Howe's Miko Kings is an incredible act of recovery: baseball, a sport jealously guarded by mainstream Anglo culture, is also rooted in Native American history and territory. The irony behind its status as "the all-American pastime" is not lost on Howe as she weaves these compelling stories and narratives to expose the political games of the 20th century that Native Americans learned to play for resistance and survival."


—Rigoberto González, author of So Often the Pitcher

Goes to Water Until It Breaks and Butterfly Boy


Click here to read this month's review of Miko Kings

on The Weekly Rader

Click here to listen to LeAnne Howe read on

"Live from Prairie Lights", WSUI, Iowa City (scroll down to 3/26/08)

Click here to listen to an interview of LeAnne Howe on

Native America Calling (select Past NAC Programs in the toolbar on the left, click on February 2008, then scroll down to February 27)


Click here to see a review of Miko Kings in City Pages

Click here to read LeAnne Howe's blog


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