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Linda Hogan (1) (1947–)

Author of Mean Spirit

For other authors named Linda Hogan, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Linda Hogan--a Chickasaw writer whose work draws heavily on Native American culture--was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1947. A poet, novelist, screenwriter, and playwright, Hogan writes about topics related to the experiences of Native Americans as well as the relationship between humans and the show more environment. Her acclaimed first novel, Mean Spirit, focused on violence in the Osage Indian community during the Oklahoma oil boom of the 1920s. She has also published volumes of poetry and essays. Hogan has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and has taught at University of Colorado, University of Denver, and the University of Minnesota. (Bowker Author Biography) Linda Hogan has published several books of poetry, essays, and fiction. She lives in Colorado. (Bowker Author Biography) Linda Hogan is the recipient of an American Book Award. Her novel, "Mean Spirit," was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Idledale, Colorado. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Linda Hogan

Associated Works

American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Contributor — 405 copies
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (2000) — Contributor — 364 copies
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women (2017) — Contributor — 309 copies
Minding the Body: Women Writers on Body and Soul (1994) — Contributor — 209 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1989 (1989) — Contributor — 187 copies
Talking Leaves: Contemporary Native American Short Stories (1991) — Contributor — 186 copies
Growing Up Native American (1993) — Contributor — 164 copies
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contributor — 160 copies
Heart of the Land: Essays on Last Great Places (1994) — Contributor — 104 copies
Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today (2005) — Contributor — 83 copies
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Contributor — 62 copies
Song of the Turtle: American Indian Literature 1974-1994 (1996) — Contributor — 59 copies
The Things That Divide Us: Stories by Women (1985) — Contributor — 52 copies
The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Contributor — 47 copies
Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (1995) — Contributor — 30 copies
Through the Eye of the Deer (1999) — Contributor — 28 copies
Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas (2011) — Contributor — 26 copies
Without Reservation: Indigenous Erotica (2003) — Contributor — 25 copies
A Few Thousand Words About Love (1998) — Contributor — 22 copies
Voices Under One Sky: Contemporary Native Literature (1994) — Contributor — 19 copies
Skins: Contemporary Indigenous Writing (2000) — Contributor — 18 copies
Wounds beneath the flesh (1983) — Contributor — 16 copies
A Line of Cutting Women (1998) — Contributor — 14 copies
Visit teepee town : native writings after the detours (1999) — Contributor — 11 copies
Poetry Magazine Vol. 208 No. 1, April 2016 (2016) — Contributor — 9 copies
Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (2018) — Contributor — 8 copies
Durable Breath: Contemporary Native American Poetry (1994) — Contributor — 6 copies
The American Voice: Short Essays No. 17 (1989) — Contributor — 2 copies


Common Knowledge



I am still processing how I feel about this novel.

What I know for sure is that it is (in typical Hogan fashion) so beautifully written that I can't help but love it. What I struggled with was such persistent commitment to the abstract. While I love how deep Hogan takes readers into an imagined sense of identity - I think what is lost is a lot of the actual story. This novel takes dedication to read - and if you make it to the end you will be rewarded with a plethora of introspective thoughts, a great longing to connect with culture and a whole lot of wondering exactly how you've been called to action.

Would absolutely recommend to my friends who appreciate more literary reads - would caution the rest to stay away and accept the things you cannot change ;)
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BreePye | 10 other reviews | Oct 6, 2023 |
Read a few other reviews, and I can't understand that we've read the same book. There are several poems, even passages, that would make this worth reading even if every other poem left me uninspired.

I'm going to leave this here for easy reference, as I'm reading a borrowed copy:

I am afraid of the future
as if I am the bear
turned in the stomach
of needy men
or the wolf become a dog
that will turn against itself
remembering what wildness was
before the crack of a gun,
before the men tried to kill it
or tame it
or tried to make it love them.
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Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
Breathtakingly good. It takes a tremendous amount of clarity and insight to write a story of a mental reckoning and discovery of self. It's not a book for those desiring an action-heavy plotline, but it's a stunning exploration of seeing the world and the self clearly and with conscience.
Kiramke | 3 other reviews | Jun 27, 2023 |
Each poet has her own symbolism, some favorite images or metaphors that figure prominently in her work. Until now I'd only read Linda Hogan's later work and a selected poem here and there. In Savings, some of her major themes and symbols are just coming to life. I enjoyed reading as she explored images, taking different paths and approaches to the same idea, revealing a little more of her thinking in the process. Not to diminish the writing; I love too many of the poems in this collection to list them out. But I've met a number of readers in my life who don't like poetry, and while part of that I think is finding poets whose images speak to you, another part is allowing yourself to feel from the poet's view, and so I find myself noticing writing that facilitates the development of that skill.… (more)
Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |



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