Nebraska Authors

Allison Hedge Coke

AKA: Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Poet, editor and filmmaker Allison Hedge Coke is the author of books of poetry and prose as well as editor of several anthologies. Her poetry has been translated to Spanish, French, Chinese, Dutch, and Turkish.

Places Lived

North Carolina

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Poetry
  • Nonfiction
  • Other


Native American topics; Memoir; Native American authors; Indigenous writing


North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Estelle Harmon's Actor's Workshop
Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Summer Writing Program, Naropa University, Boulder, CO
AFAW in Creative Writing, Institute for American Indian Arts
MFA,Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VA


Professor of Creative Writing

Places Worked

Naropa University, Boulder, CO
University of California - Riverside, Riverside, CA
Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
University of Nebraska - Kearney, Kearney, NE


Mentor of the Year, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, 2001
Sioux Falls Mayor's Award for Literary Excellence, 2003
American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for Dog Road Woman
King-Chavez-Parks awardee, an IPPY Medalist, a Pen Southwest Book Award winner
Writer of the Year award for Poetry and twice received the Editor of the Year Award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers
Wordcrafter of the Year, 2015
2015 she was also awarded the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award
US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera selected her for a Witter Bynner fellowship in 2016
NEH appointment at Hartwick College in 2004, and was a Reynolds Chair of Poetry and writing at the University of Nebraska where she codirected the cohort MFA program and directed the Reynolds Series
Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa.
Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside
Dog Road Woman, won the American Book Award and was the first finalist of the Paterson Poetry Prize and Diane DeCora Award


Year of the Rat. 1996. (chapbook)
Dog Road Woman. 1997.
Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer: A Story of Survival. 2004.
Off-Season City Pipe. 2005.
Blood Run : Free Verse Play. 2006.
Streaming. 2014.
Burn. 2017.

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