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Paula Gunn Allen

1939–2008

Paula Gunn Allen was born on October 24, 1939, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her father was Lebanese and her mother identified as Laguna Pueblo and Scottish. She received a BA in 1966 and an MFA in creative writing in 1968 from the University of Oregon and a PhD from the University of New Mexico in 1976. 

A scholar of Native American literature, Allen also authored several volumes of poetry, including America the Beautiful (West End Press, 2010), Life Is a Fatal Disease: Collected Poems 1962-1995 (West End Press, 1997); Skins and Bones (West End Press, 1988); Wyrds (Taurean Horn, 1987); Shadow Country (University of California Indian Studies Center, 1982); A Cannon Between My Knees (Strawberry Press, 1981); and Blind Lion (Thorp Springs Press, 1974). 

Allen's honors included the Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American Literary Studies from the Modern Language Association and a Lannan Foundation Fellowship.

She taught at the University of California, Los Angeles where she was a professor of English, Creative Writing, and American Indian Studies. She died on May 29, 2008, in Fort Bragg, California. 

Paula Gunn Allen
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