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Allison Hedge Coke

Distinguished Professor

Office: INTN 3012
E-mail: allison.hedgecoke@ucr.edu
Website: http://allisonhedgecoke.com

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, the 2016 Library of Congress Witter Bynner Fellow, is the author of numerous books including: Streaming (Pen Southwest Book Award in Poetry, Wordcrafter of the Year Award, Lifetime Achievement Award NWCA, IPPY Medal), from Coffee House Press; Off-Season City Pipe (labor volume, Wordcraft Writer of the Year in Poetry) and Dog Road Woman (American Book Award), also from Coffee House Press; Blood Run (free verse-play regarding the Indigenous mound site in Iowa and South Dakota, Best Seller in US & UK), Salt Publications (2006 UK, 2007 US, & Global); Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer (memoir, AIROS Book of the Month Selection, hardcover, University of Nebraska Press, paperback, Bison Books); and a chapbook, The Year of the Rat, a dramatic long poem-libretto.

She has edited numerous anthologies, including: Effigies II (Salt, Native American Calling Book of the Month); Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas (University of Arizona, National Book Critics Circle Best Books of 2011); Effigies: New Indigenous Pacific Rim Poetry (Salt, Native American Calling Book of the Month); Ahani: Indigenous American Poetry (To Topos Edition, Oregon State University); They Wanted Children (poems and prose from Sudanese Lost Boys, Native American, Latina/o, Asian students coping in mainstream high school); and Coming to Life: Poems for Peace in the Aftermath of 9-11. Her play Icicles was a first finalist for the National Repertory Theater Prize. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have been translated in multiple languages and have appeared in Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Gargoyle, South Dakota Review, World Literature, This Land, Brooklyn Rail, Bombay Gin, and Akashic Noir. She is also a contributing editor and editorial board member for NYU’s Black Renaissance Noire.

Hedge Coke has been an invitational poet-writer in Ireland, Scotland, China, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Venezuela. She has been instrumental in creating literary venues and programming with a special focus on Sandhill Cranes, the environment, migration, labor, incarcerated youth, and underserved communities, with career devotion to serving Indigenous communities.

Hedge Coke’s work has been supported with fellowships and residencies by several entities, including: UNL Center for Great Plains, MacDowell Colony, Weymouth Center, Hawthornden Castle, Lannan Foundation, and, most recently, by the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of Congress. She recently released an album with funk guitarist, Kelvyn Bell, and multi-instrumentalist, Laura Ortman.

Hedge Coke has worked in fields, factories, and waters and is currently at work with a feature-length labor and eco-ethos film, Red Dust: Resiliency in the Dirty Thirties. Motion Poems & Pixel Farms made an animated short film from her poem, “She Shakes Chilis from her Hair.” She has held distinguished and endowed positions and her teaching has garnished multiple excellence in teaching awards, including the King*Chavez*Parks Award.