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Carolyn Dunn's Biography

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Jan 2010

Carolyn Dunn (Muskogee Creek/Cherokee) poet, playwright, musician and mom, began telling and writing stories at a very young age, being exposed to storytelling traditions from all aspects of her very Southern and very Western background. Her work has been recognized by the Wordcraft Circle of Storytellers and Writers as Book of the Year for poetry (Outfoxing Coyote, 2002) as well as the Year's Best in 1999 for her short story "Salmon Creek Road Kill", Native American Music Awards (for the Mankillers cd Comin to Getcha) and is the co-editor of Through the Eye of the Deer (Aunt Lute books, 1999, with Carol Zitzer-Comfort) and Hozho: Walking In Beauty (Contemporary Books, 2001, with Paula Gunn Allen) and is the co-author (with Ari Berk) of Coyote Speaks, native stories for young adult readers (Abrams, 2008). Her hit play, The Frybread Queen, premiered in 2011 at Native Voice at The Autry’s Wells Fargo Theater in Los Angeles after a developmental production in Fall 2010 at Montana Repertory Theater; and her play Ghost Dance is currently in development with Rainbow Theater in Santa Cruz, California.
As an academic, Carolyn's work has primarily focused on landscape in American Indian women's literature (poetry, prose, and drama), and urban American Indian identity formation and southeastern American Indian diasporic literary traditions in California. Currently, she is a James Irvine Foundation Fellow at the Center for American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, where she is pursuing a doctorate. She has taught and developed university curriculum in American Indian literature (poetry and fiction), history, and theatre; she has adapted and directed numerous radio theatre plays as well as staged productions of traditional stories, poems and songs with the American Indian Theatre Collective, Chapa De Indian Youth Theatre Company, The Los Angeles Theater Project, and directed a staged reading of Arigon Starr's one woman play, The Red Road for Native Voices at The Autry at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles in 2005.
Carolyn is currently Visiting Faculty at San Francisco State University where she teaches American Indian Oral Literatures and was recently appointed Managing Director of the American Indian Resource Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She lives in California with her husband and children.

Upcoming Works

The Frybread Queen by Carolyn Dunn WORLD PREMIERE March 12-27, 2011 FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT: www.nativevoicesattheautry.org http://nativevoices.blogspot.com/ www.myspace.com/nativevoices FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: http://twitter.com/NativeVoices JOIN US ON FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/NativeVoices


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