Santa Fe New Mexican
Who’s Who...who’s Here
flurries that sweep intermittently down this lean valley.” ACanadian who relocated to Santa Fe, David Morrell came to prominence with 1972’s First Blood, the action novel that introduced his bestselling Rambo series. He has made a lasting career out of high-action thrillers such as The Brotherhood of the Rose, prompting one reviewer to laud him as “the mild-mannered professor with the bloody-minded visions.” Novelist, poet and essayist Leslie Marmon Silko, whose heritage includes Laguna Pueblo, Mexican and European roots, madeamajor splash with 1977’s Ceremony, prompting Sherman Alexie to praise it as “the greatest novel inNative American literature.” She notices how turquoise stones brighten by absorbing the moisture of rain and how a wren behaving oddly might beamessenger from the spirit realm. Metamorphosis myths figure into her work, which won her the coveted MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant in 1981. The first Native American to serve as poet laureate of the United States, and only the second person to serve three terms in that role, JoyHarjo, of the Muscogee Nation, is a writer, performer, poet-warrior and musician who studied, then taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts furthering storytelling’s oral tradition. Her nine books of poetry and twomemoirs have garnered many awards, including the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America and an American Book Award.