Gordon Henry

February 19, 1999
October 14, 2005
Gordon Henry

In 1984, Gordon Henry published a chapbook titled Outside White Earth, with the Blue Cloud. His poetry and fiction has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Black Warrior Review, Raccoon, the Mid-American Review, The North Dakota Quarterly, Earth Power Coming, Songs From This Earth on Turtles Back, Returning the Gift, Stories Migrating Home, and Everything Matters. He published his first novel, The Light People, in 1994. In 1995, it was nominated for a National Book Award and received an American Book Award. Henry is currently working on a second novel and a collection of poems. He also hopes to do an oral history and biography of Turtle Mountain elder, Francis Cree.


Henry is an enrolled member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe of Minnesota, and grew up in a family of ten brothers and sisters. Both of his parents, Gordon Henry, Sr. and Wilma Henry, were born and raised on the White Earth Reservation. Henry holds a masters degree from Michigan State University, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota. Currently, he is an associate professor of English at MSU and lives in Big Rapids with his wife, Mary Anne, and their daughters.

To view Special Collections' holdings of Gordon Henry's work, please click here.

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