Nebraska Authors

Laura Tohe

Born 1952 Navajo Reservation, AZ (USA)

Laure Tobe is Diné. She holds a Ph.D. in English from UNL. A librettist and an award-winning poet, she is the author of several books, including an oral history book on the remaining Navajo Code Talkers. Her commissioned libretto, Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio, made its world premier in 2008 and was performed by the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. She is a Professor with Distinction in Indigenous Literature at Arizona State University and was the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate from 2015-2019.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Poetry; Native American Studies


Bachelors of Arts Degree, 1975, University of New Mexico
Master of Arts Degree, 1985, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


Professor of Indigenous Literature at Arizona State University

Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Arizona State University


Making Friends with Water: Poems. 1986.
No Parole Today. 1999.
Sister Nations : Native American Women Writers on Community. 2010. (Heid Erdrich and Laura Tohe, editors)
Code Talker Stories. 2012.
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017. 2017.
Poetry included in All My Grandmothers Could Sing: Poems by Nebraska Women. 1984.

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