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Oscar Hokeah's Biography

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
I am happily married to a beautiful woman. We sit and read stories aloud to each other every weekend night. I love her voice and she loves mine.
Dec 2008

Oscar Hokeah is a biracial author from Lawton and Tahlequah, Oklahoma. His mother is half Kiowa and half Cherokee, and his father immigrated from Chihuahua, Mexico. As an enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, with Cherokee and Hispanic ancestry, he writes about biracial experiences from (inside) Native American communities.

He holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and he recently received his M.A. in English from the University of Oklahoma (Spring 2012); he is a recipient of the Truman Capote Scholarship Award through IAIA, the winner of the Native Writer Award (2008) through the Taos Summer Writers Conference, and a Cartwright Scholarship recipient from the American Indian College Fund.  He is published in South Dakota Review, American Short Fiction, Surreal South '09, Yellow Medicine Review, and Red Ink Magazine.

Influences

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Alice Munro, Junot Diaz, and I.B. Singer.

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Interests & Hobbies

I enjoy drinking massive amounts of coffee and studying articles on deconolization. When I play basketball, I'm usually analyzing one of my short stories. I go for long walks in small circles, usually at a very green park in the high desert mountains. Reading is more than a hobby and sometimes it's an assignment for a class but usually it's because the words are the riddle to solving the problems in my own story.