Diane Glancy


Diane Glancy is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, and professor emeritus at Macalester College. Her works have won the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the 2016 Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book, the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, the 2003 Juniper Prize for Poetry for The Primer of the Obsolete, and the 1993 American Book Award for Claiming Breath.

In 2018, Publishers Weekly named her book Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears one of the ten essential Native American novels. Glancy’s work reflects her European and Native-American descent, and frequently depicts both Native American and non-Native characters.

Island of the Innocent: A Consideration of the Book of Job, continues and deepens her lifelong exploration of the religious and cultural dimensions of identity, both personal and collective. Additional works include: It Was Over There by That Place (The Atlas Review Chapbook Series) and The Book of Bearings (Wipf and Stock).

Her most recent work, A Line of Driftwood: The ADA Blackjack Story, centers on a young Inupiat woman named Ada Blackjack —the sole survivor of a 1921 shipwreck off the coast of Siberia who must combat the obstacles of the Arctic, her roles as a wife and mother, and her faith, in order to survive.

Glancy divides her time between Kansas and Texas.