The Ada Evening News, Tulsa World, and other Oklahoma news outlets celebrated LeAnne Howe’s homecoming to receive the Tulsa Library Trust’s American Indian Festival of Words Author Award on March 5. LeAnne took a break from her work in Amman, Jordan to accept the award, which recognizes the literary contributions of outstanding American Indian authors. You can see a photo of LeAnne at the Awards Ceremony, as well as a photo of her local TV interview, below.
Teresa Runnels, American Indian Resource Center coordinator of the Tulsa City-County library, described LeAnne as “the perfect example of a successful Oklahoma author who connects the traditional ways and thoughts with scenes in the 21st century.” LeAnne continues to connect past and present in her next book, described in this recent blog entry.
LeAnne Howe is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the author of Shell Shaker, winner of the 2002 American Book Award, and Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story.