Club Book Episode 152 Oscar Hokeah
Oscar Hokeah is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. He also proudly claims Mexican ancestry on his father’s side. Hokeah’s award-winning fiction explores intertribal identity and multicultural heritage. He honed his craft at the prestigious Institute of American Indian Arts, and his prose can be found in American Short Fiction, World Literature Today, and Literary Hub. Algonquin Books released Hokeah’s first novel, Calling For a Blanket Dance, to wide acclaim in July 2022. Like the author himself, intrepid protagonist Ever Geimausaddle comes from a family that is part Native American, part Mexican. “Drawing on a wealth of Indigenous tradition, Calling For a Blanket Dance underscores the quiet strength that arises when a family is true to its identity – and the too-common tragedy that results when identity is suppressed” (The Millions). In addition to his burgeoning literary career, Hokeah works with Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare in his hometown of Tahlequah, Oklahoma.