Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s authored books include: Streaming, Blood Run, Off-Season City Pipe, Dog Road Woman, The Year of the Rat, and Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer. Hedge Coke has edited eight additional collections. She came of age cropping tobacco and working fields, waters, and working in factories.


Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s authored books include: (poetry) The Year of the Rat (chapbook), Dog Road Woman, Off-Season City Pipe, Streaming, Blood Run (poetry/verse-play); and a memoir Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer. Hedge Coke has edited eight additional collections, including: Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas, Effigies (Pacific Rim), Effigies II (US Continent), and Ahani (ToTopos). Current projects include Burn (MadHat Press 2016), Effigies III (Pacific Island) (2017), and the Red Dust film-media-lit-music project (in production). Hedge Coke directs the Literary Sandhill Crane Retreat & Festival and has been awarded fellowships/residencies with Lannan Foundation, Weymouth Center for the Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, MacDowell Colony, Hawthornden Castle, Great Plains Center, and her honors include an American Book Award, Library of Congress Witter Bynner Fellowship, a Lifetime Achievement Award, a Mentor of the Year Award, an IPPY Medal, a Pen Southwest Book Award, three distinguished positions, and numerous literary and arts grants. She is a poet, writer, performer, editor, and literary activist. She came of age cropping tobacco and working fields, waters, and working in factories.


Allison Hedge Coke has been an invitational featured performer in international festivals in Ireland, the Netherlands, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Canada, and Jordan and foreign visiting professional in for Shandong University in Wei Hai, China. Her poetry has been translated in Spanish, French, Chinese, Dutch, and Turkish. A Split This Rock Festival featured poet and Lannan Writing Resident (Marfa), she is a MacDowell Colony for Artists, Black Earth Institute Think Tank, Hawthornden Castle, Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, and Center for Great Plains Research Fellow, is a former National Endowment for the Humanities Appointment Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hartwick College, held the Distinguished Paul W. Reynolds and Clarice Kingston Reynolds Endowed Chair in Poetry as an Associate Professor of Poetry and Writing at the University of Nebraska, was former Visiting Writer at the University of California Riverside and University of California Palm Desert, Visiting Artist at the University of Central Oklahoma, Scholar in Residence Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Writing faculty of Lenore-Rhyne University, and was most recently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Hawaii, Mānoa. She founded and directs the Sandhill Crane Migration Literary Retreat & Cranefest, founded LAMIYSD, AWP Indigenous & Aboriginal Caucus, and is founding faculty of the VCFA MFA in Writing & Publishing, and also teaches for the Red Earth MFA (OkCU), serves as field faculty in the University of Nebraska MFA Program, the University of Arkansas Monticello MFA, and is regular Visiting Faulty of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Summer Writing Program at Naropa University. Hedge Coke is a regular keynote lecturer/performer and was the 2008 Paul Hanly Furfey Endowed Lecturer, in Boston. Her books include: The Year of the Rat, chapbook, Naropa, 1993 & Grimes Press, 1996; Dog Road Woman, American Book Award, Coffee House Press, 1997; Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer, AIROS Book-of-the-Month (memoir), University of Nebraska Press, 2004; Off-Season City Pipe, Wordcraft Writer of the Year for Poetry, Coffee House Press, 2005; Blood Run, Wordcraft Writer of the Year for Poetry, Salt Publications, UK 2006-US 2007; To Topos Ahani: Indigenous American Poetry, Journal Issue – Editor of the Year Award (ed.), Oregon State University, 2007; Effigies, (ed.), Salt Publications, 2009; Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, Critical Mass Best Books of 2011, Wordcraft Editor of the Year Award, University of Arizona Press, 2011, Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer, Bison Books (paperback edition), 2014; Effigies II, (ed.), Salt Publications, 2014; and Streaming, Pen Southwest Book Award, IPPY Book Award Bronze Medal, Coffee House Press, 2014. Her long poem "The Year of the Rat" is currently being scored for dance through collaboration with Brent Michael Davids, composer. She recorded an album to coincide with the book release of Streaming (Rd Klā Project, Streaming, with Kelvyn Bell & Laura Ortman) and an animated film was made from one of her poems for Motion Poems by Pixel Farms. Recent literary publications include (fiction) This Land Press, Florida Review, Gargoyle, Konch, Akashic Books, and Black Renaissance Noire; (poetry) Brooklyn Rail, Plume, Anti–, Kenyon Review, Black Renaissance Noire, GritPo – Hard Lines, Rough South Poetry, Pen International Awards Special Awards Edition, Write for Ferguson – Hawaii Review, Urban Voices – 51 Poems from 51 American Poets, Denver Quarterly, South Dakota Review, and Caliban; (essay/CNF) Disability Studies Quarterly, Hick Poetics, West of 98, Poets House – Native Innovation, Kenyon Review; (pedagogical tribute) Malpais. Recent photography publications include Connecticut Review, Future Earth Magazine and Digital Poetics. She has also authored a full-length play Icicles, numerous monologues, and has worked in theater, television, and film. Hedge Coke has been awarded several state and regional artistic and literary grants, fellowships, and tours; multiple excellence in teaching awards, including the 2016 Witter Bynner Fellowship, Library of Congress; King*Chavez*Parks Award; Lifetime Achievement Award, Native Writers Circle of the Americas; a Sioux Falls Mayor's Award for Literary Excellence; Wordcrafter of the Year and National Mentor of the Year, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Award; has served on several state, community, and national boards in the arts, a housing board, as a Delegate, in the United Nations Women in Peacemaking Conference, Joan B. Kroc Center for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego, and as a United Nations Presenting Speaker (with James Thomas Stevens, Mohawk Poet), Facilitator, and Speaker Nominator for the only Indigenous Literature Panel of the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Forum. For many years she has worked with incarcerated and underserved Indigenous youth and youth of color mentorship programs, served as a court official in Indian youth advocacy and CASA, and has worked with numerous migrant, refugee, homeless, domestic violence, labor communities, as well as cancer and acute care mental health institutions (Alzheimers, Dementia, and acute criminally insane patients). Hedge Coke has edited five additional collections and is editing two new book series of emerging Indigenous writing. Her books are listed as recommended by ALA, Split This Rock, and Teaching for Change. Hedge Coke has continually taught various creative writing, literature, environmental writing, cultural philosophy, Native American Studies/Ethnic Studies/Literature, education, suicide prevention and intervention, and other courses for pre-school, K-12, college, university, and professional institutions. She came of age working fields, waters, and working in factories. Recent projects include Burn (MadHat Press 2016), Streaming (Coffee House Press, 2014), Effigies II (Salt, 2014, Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer-Paperback (UNP 2014), the Red Dust film-media-lit-music project (in production), Effigies III (Pacific Islands).