Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—Writer Leslie Marmon Silko will read from her acclaimed fiction during the Grinnell College Scholars’ Convocation, Thurs., Mar. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101, on the Grinnell campus.

Silko, who grew up on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation in New Mexico, writes about her heritage and customs in Mexican, white, and Laguna Pueblo traditions. She is a fiction writer, essayist, and poet who is best known for her three novels, “Ceremony,” “Almanac of the Dead,” and “Gardens in the Dunes.” Her books are available from the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell.

Silko’s stories have also appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including “Writers of the Purple Sage” and “The Norton Anthology of American Literature.” She has published a collection of essays, “Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit,” and four volumes of poetry, “Laguna Woman,” “Storyteller,” “Voices Under One Sky,” and “Rain.” She is also the recipient of awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Chicago Review, Pushcart, and the MacArthur Foundation.

Silko’s reading is part of Grinnell’s Scholars’ Convocation series and co-sponsored by the Writers@Grinnell program. For more information about Writers@Grinnell, go to The Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center is located at 1115 8th Ave. on the Grinnell College campus.