Carter Revard

Osage Indian Poet Carter Revard to Read at Hartwick

March 20, 2012

Award-winning poet Carter Revard will visit Hartwick College in April to celebrate National Poetry Month and to participate in the Campus Theme program, "The Human Question." 

Revard will read from his work on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 7 p.m. in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, on the Hartwick College campus. The event is free and open to the public. The title of Revard's reading, "The People Who Came from the Stars," refers to the Osage belief about their origins, as told in their creation story. 

Revard was born in 1931 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, of Osage, Ponca, Irish, and Scotch-Irish heritage. He grew up in the Buck Creek Valley on the Osage Reservation.  As a Rhodes Scholar, Revard earned an M.A. at Oxford in 1952 and a Ph.D. at Yale in 1959.  He retired in 1997 after a distinguished 36-year career at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, as a scholar and teacher of medieval English literature specializing in Middle English, history of the English language, and linguistics.

In 2001 Revard was named Writer of the Year in Autobiography by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers for Family Matters, Tribal Affairs. In 2005, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas.  His poetry includes My Right Hand Don't Leave Me No More (1970) and Nonimosity (1980), Ponca War Dancers (1980), Cowboys and Indians, Christmas Shopping (1992), An Eagle Nation (1993), which won the 1994 Oklahoma Book Award, and most recently, How the Songs Come Down: New and Selected Poems (2005).  Revard also has a collection of essays, Family Matters, Tribal Affairs (1998) and a multi-genre memoir, Winning the Dust Bowl (2001).

Revard's poetry has been widely anthologized in collections of American and American Indian literature, and his poems and essays on Native traditions and literatures have inspired two generations of Indian poets and helped to shape contemporary literary theory about Native American literatures. Revard's interests in languages and storytelling cross multiple cultural traditions and histories in ways that challenge cultural boundaries. In her book The Nature of Native American Poetry (2001), Norma Wilson says of Revard, "No other Native poet demonstrates so thorough a knowledge of British and American poetic traditions.... No other Native poet has been able to so fully articulate in English words the relationship between ancient tribal myth and modern life."

For additional information, contact Hartwick College Professor of English Robert Bensen at or 607-431-4902.

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