Maurice Kenny

Maurice Kenny (1929-2016)


Maurice Kenny, of the Mohawk, was a prolific writer whose work spanned poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. While publishing many books, Kenny was also an advocate for indigenous artistic expression, editing journals and running presses largely publishing indigenous writers. His biography in Living the Spirit even going so far as to call him “a leading American Indian poet,” Kenny’s art and activism was important in establishing a queer indigenous identity in a literary tradition that often erases non-white and non-heterosexual art.

From: Tinselled Bucks: A Historical Study in Indian Homosexuality





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