A half-breed Indian, Adrian C. Louis was born and raised in northern Nevada and is an enrolled member of the Lovelock Paiute Tribe. He is a graduate of Brown University where he also earned a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. From 1984-97, Louis taught at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota. Prior to that, he edited four Native newspapers including The Lakota Times and later Indian Country Today and was a co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association.
Louis was Professor of English at the Minnesota State University in Marshall from 1999 to his retirement in 2014. He has written ten books of poems and two works of fiction: WILD INDIANS & OTHER CREATURES, short stories, and SKINS, a novel. SKINS was produced as a feature film directed by Chris Eyre. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and had its theatrical release in 2002.
Adrian Louis has won various writing awards including Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation. His 2006 collection of poems, LOGORRHEA (Northwestern University Press), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His most recent book is SHEDDING SKINS: FOUR SIOUX POETS (Michigan State University Press, 2008), of which he was the editor. Archeology, a new chapbook is now available from Tavern Books. In the fall of 2012, a newer collection, Savage Sunsets, became available from West End Press. A recently completed collection, Exorcisms, will become available in 2014. Stay tuned for more info.