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Artist in Residence (Temp)

University of Central Oklahoma


Carolyn M. Dunn, PhD., is an indigenous artist whose identity includes Cherokee, Muskogee Creek, Seminole and Choctaw Freedman descent on her father's side, and Tunica-Choctaw-Biloxi and French Creole on her mother's. Her work has been recognized by the Wordcraft Circle of Storytellers and Writers as Book of the Year for poetry (Outfoxing Coyote, 2002) as well as the Year's Best in 1999 for her short story "Salmon Creek Road Kill", and the Native American Music Awards (for the Mankillers cd Comin to Getcha). In addition to Outfoxing Coyote, her books include Through the Eye of the Deer (with Carol Zitzer-Comfort) Aunt Lute Books, 1999), Hozho: Walking in Beauty (with {Paula Gunn Allen, McGraw Hill, 2002), Coyote Speaks (with Ari Berk, H.N. Abrams, 2008), Echolocation: Poems, Stories and Songs from Indian Country: L.A. (Fezziweg Press, 2013), and The Stains of Burden and Dumb Luck (Mongrel Empire Press, 2017). Her plays The Frybread Queen, Ghost Dance, and Soledad have been developed and staged at Native Voices at the Autry in Los Angeles. Directing credits include the Red Road and Round Dance, both by Arigon Starr, 49 by Hanay Geoigamah, Sliver of a Full Moon by Mary Kathryn Nagle, as well as Nagle’s new play Sovereignty for Heller Theater Company at Tulsa Performing Arts Center in October, 2018. She has two new plays, Soledad and The Bone Picker, both currently in development. In February, 2019, Dr. Dunn will complete a residency at the University of Michigan’s Global Theater and Ethnic Studies Program, which is commissioning her newest play, Three Sisters.

Classes Taught

  • Fundamentals of Creative Writing I
  • Fundamentals of Creative Writing II
  • Playwriting I
  • Playwriting II
  • Ethnic American Literature

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities


Creative Writing/Poetry Book: The Stains of Burden and Dumb Luck, (poetry) Mongrel Empire Press, Norman, Oklahoma. 2017

Creative Writing/Fiction Book: Bloodline, (novel) forthcoming, Native Realities Press, Albuquerque, NM. 2020. 

Creative Writing: Poetry Book: Echo Location: Poems, Fezziweg Press, 2012.

Creative Writing/Poetry Book: Outfoxing Coyote, That Painted Horse Press, 2002.

Scholarly Book: Coyote Speaks. Abrams Books, New York. 2008

Co-Authored Scholarly Anthology Book: Hozho: Walking In Beauty (editor), McGraw Hill/Contemporary Books, 2001.

Co-Edited Scholarly Anthology Book: Through the Eye of the Deer, (editor) Aunt Lute Books, 1999.

Full-Length Plays: Ghost Dance, The Frybread Queen, and Yellow Bird, published in New Native North American Drama, Alexander Street Press, Alexandria, Virginia. 2010.

Play: The Frybread Queen. Equity productions, Native Voices at the Autry 2011 (directed by Robert Caisley); and the Montana Repetory Theater, 2010 (directed by Jere Hodgin). Equity Production, 2018 La Mama Theater, New York. Directed by Muriel Tarrant.

Play: Three Sisters,(2019)  commissioned for the School of Global Theatre and Performance and Anishnaabe Theatre Exchange, University of Michigan.

Play: Soledad (2017) Under development with Native Voices at The Autry.

Play: The Bone Picker (2017), under development with PanGea World Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Adapted Screenplay: Second Sunrise, feature film developed and produced by The Romero Company for Red Nation Films. Principal Photography begins May 2018 in New Mexico.

Peer-Reviewed Article: “Kopistaya: A Gathering of Spirits”, Weaving the Legacy: Remembering Paula Gunn Allen, edited by Stephanie Sellers and Menoukha Case. West End Press/University of New Mexico Press, 2017.

Peer-Reviewed Article: : “Those Long, Lonely Nights at the Diner: Specificity of Place, Community and Home in Arigon Starr’s ‘The Red Road’ in American Indian Performing Arts: Critical Directions, edited by Hanay Geiogamah and Jaye T. Darby. University of California Press, 2009

Peer-Reviewed Article: “The Last Indian in the World”, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, No. 32, Fall 2008. Peer-Reviewed Article: “In Our Blood, In Our Bones”, Hurricane Katrina, Unnatural Disaster: Reflections and Prospects, edited by John Brown Childs, The New Pacific Press, 2006;

Peer-Reviewed Article: “The Trick Is Going Home: Secular Spiritualism in Native American Women’s Literature”, Reading Native American Women: Critical/Creative Representations edited by Inez Hernandez-Avila, 2005;

Peer-Reviewed Article: “Performing Indian: The Trickster at the Crossroads in Laguna Pueblo Yellow Woman Stories”, (Re) Mapping Indigenous Locations Through Contestation , edited by Andrew Jolivette, AltaMira Press, 2006;

 Article: “The Little People of the Southeast”, Endicott Journal of Mythic Arts, Autumn, 2006;

Article: “Performing Indian, Performing Nation: American Indian Storytelling, Poetry, and Song in Practice”, Eating Fire, Tasting Blood: Breaking the Great Silence of the American Indian Holocaust, edited by MariJo Moore, Avalon, 2006;

Article: “Animal Metamorphosis” (with Charles DeLint and Terri Windling), Mythic Passages: The Magazine of Imagination, Atlanta: The Mythic Imagination Institute, Winter 2006.

Article: ; “Native Music: Not Just Drums and Flute Anymore”, Interstitial Arts Foundation/Artists Without Borders, 2003; Article: “Deer Woman and the Living Myth of the Dreamtime”, Journal of Mythic Arts, 2003;

Poetry: (Peer Reviewed Journal) (with L. Rain Prudhomme Cranford, “Grandma’s Zydeco Stomp Dance : A Patchwork Poem”, World Literature Today, University of Oklahoma Press, May 2017.

Monologue “Lily” Monologues for Actors of Color. Routledge Press, 2016.

Poem: "Outfoxing Coyote" and "Global Positioning System", Red Road West, edited by Lucille Lang Day and Luke Warm Water, Scarlet Tanager Press, 2016.

Poem: “Spider Woman: For Paula”, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Winter, 2009. University of California Press.

Poem: “The Last Indian in the World”, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Fall 2008.

Poem: “Spider Woman”, Endicott Journal of Mythic Arts, Autumn, 2008

Poem: "House Made of Pollen", Endicott Journal of Mythic Arts, Autumn 2008.

Poem: “Visceral”, Fulcrum Publishing, from Wild In Our Breast for Centuries: Women and War. 2008.

Poem: “Coyote Woman”, Viking/Penguin, Coyote Road, 2007.

Poem: “Deer Woman”, Mythic Passages, The Mythic Imagination Institute, 2006.

Poem: “Coyote Madonna”, “Shotguns, Whirlwinds, Freight Trains”, under contract, Poetry Is Not A Luxury, Red Hen Press.  Poem: “The Homecoming Queen Sails Above Los Angeles on Fire” and “Poems for a Midwinter Rain, Part 1” under contract, Mujeres de Maiz, Self Help Graphics, 2008.

Poem: “Charm Song for Hunting a Deer”, “Turquoise Woman”, “Ghost Dance”, “Taste of Tears”, Other Voices International, Volume 8. 2002.

Poem: “Coyote and Pele”, “Outfoxing Coyote”, “Charm Song for Hunting a Deer”, “Coyote Tears”, “Deer Hunter”, Endicott Studio Journal of Mythic Arts, 2002-2006.

Poem: “Outfoxing Coyote”, “Coyote & Pele”, “Ghost Dance”, Gloria Mundi Press, 2002.

Poem: “Ancestors”, Inside Poetry, Harcourt Canada, 2002.

Poem: “Ancestrès” (French language edition), La Vue du Monde, 2008.

Poem: “Round Dance”, Round Dance, San Francisco Arts Council, 2001.

Poem: “Nissei”, Sing With the Heart of A Bear: Fusions of Native and American Poetry, University of California Press, 2000. Poem: “I Am the Real Hollywood Indian”, Through the Eye of the Deer, Aunt Lute Books, 1999.

Poem: “4th of July”, Spring Harvest, California State University Press, 1998.

Poem: “Haskell Indian School”, Reinventing the Enemy’s Language, Norton, 1997.

Article: Oxford Companion to Women's Literature in the U.S. "In the Presence of Spirits: Native Women Poets Speak";

THEORETICAL BOOKS-IN-PROGRESS Dunn, Carolyn M. Center [Staging] Our Stories: Critical Performativity and Embodied Praxis in Native American Theater

Dunn, Carolyn M. These Are Not Creek Tragedies: The Frybread Queen, Soledad, and Three Sisters. Under contract, No Passport Press, NY, New York.

Red/Black Social Justice Beyond #’s: Rhetorical Agency and Dramaturgy from the Jeremiad to R & B. Rain Prud’homme Cranford and Carolyn M. Dunn, editors.

Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Tracing Post-Contact Afro-Indigeneity and Community. Darryl Barthe, Rain Prud’homme-Cranford, Andrew Jolivette , editors. Carolyn Dunn, contributing editor.

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