Leslie Marmon Silko
Born in 1948, Silko is of Laguna Pueblo, Mexican, and Anglo-American descent.
She attended school on the Laguna reservation until fifth grade when she transferred to a Catholic school in Albuquerque. Silko excelled in her studies and graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1969 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English.
Silko is a contemporary writer, author of novels, short stores, essays, poetry, articles, and film scripts. Her writings primarily focus on Native Americans in a white society and on the importance of Native traditions and community in helping them cope with modern life.
In 1971, she left law school in order to pursue her writing career after receiving the National Endowment for the Arts Discovery Grant. Among other awards, Silko also accepted the Pushcart Prize for Poetry, the MacArthur “Genius” Award, and in 1988 the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities “Living Cultural Treasure” Award. With poet James Wright they won the Boston Globe Book Prize for non-fiction.