I wrote a lot in study hall to while away the hours.
I do believe in the viability of Indian spiritualism.
I am definitely a storyteller, but probably not a traditional Storyteller.
To receive this award from an organization I admire so much makes me totally happy and grateful.
I think ethnic and regional labels are insulting to writers and really put restrictions on them. People don't think your work is quite as universal.
The title of the poems was The Only Bar in Dixon. We sent it out to The New Yorker on a fluke, and they took them and printed all three in the same issue.
I used to object to being called an Indian writer, and would always say I was a writer who happened to be an Indian, and who happened to write about Indians.
In a lot of Indian societies, spirituality has been lost, I think it's still the best way of looking at the world for Indians - better than any organized religion in this country.
The townspeople outside the reservations had a very superior attitude toward Indians, which was kind of funny, because they weren't very wealthy; they were on the fringes of society themselves.