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Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People

"Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People," is filming a feature on me. I'm both honored and pumped about this. They're the broadcasting arm of the Cherokee Nation, and they've won several Heartland Emmy Awards, three just recently. We shot down in the Arkansas River bottoms at what remains of Cherokee America Rogers' home. I used it as a setting in both in Maud's Line and Cherokee America, and we got to go inside it, something I've been wanting to do for years. We'll film more the next time I'm in Oklahoma. And the program will air next year. PBS and other stations carry Osiyo TV in Oklahoma and Arkansas. But you can stream it several other places. I watch it on YouTube. For those of you not fortunate enough to be born Cherokee, "Osiyo" is "Hello."  
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Zibby Owens Podcast Interview

Zibby Owens / Apple Podcast

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Pen/Faulkner Foundation Conversation



I was happy to moderate a conversation with Louise Erdrich, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, and Tommy Orange for the Pen/Faulkner Foundation. Nov. 2021.

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Boston Globe


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Of Carousels and Animal Cages: Taking Inspiration from the Nashville Zoo



An essay on how the Glendale Park Zoo captured my imagination.

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Frommer's 2021 Best Places to Go


I'm happy to be in the company of Cheryl Strayed, David Sedaris, Flannie Flagg, Jodi Picoult and a dozen other American writers who provided Frommer's with ideas for their Best Places to Travel in 2021. Frommer's asked for overlooked destinations which speak uniquely to the American experience. I picked Fort Gibson, OK, a place I truly love, and one awash in American history.

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Kentucky Book Festival


My conversation with Roxana Robinson, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Annette Clapsaddle on historical fiction. Taped for the 2020 Kentucky Book Festival, during the pandemic.

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BBC Radio 3

I was delighted that BBC Radio3 asked me to participate in their commemoration of the 400 year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower by talking about how and why Squanto came to help the Pilgrims.   



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Reading the West Adult Fiction Shortlist

I'm happy that the independant booksellers who sponsor the Reading the West Awards have included Cherokee America on their Adult Fiction shortlist. There's a public voting component to this award, and I hope you'll vote to help Cherokee America win. But, win or not, being shortlisted is an honor. Voting starts April 20, 2020. The picks are announced on May 20.


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Spur Award

I am thrilled by Cherokee America being named the winner of the Spur Award for Best Traditional Western by the Western Writers of America. It's particularly gratifying to recieve an award from other writers. And this group of writers includes both novelists and historians, all specializing in the West. I could not be happier for this book. You know, you write a book and send it out into the world, hoping for the best for it and for it's characters, and then you don't have any control. Good things happen to it, or not. It's a lot like being a parent. You do the best you can do, and then just hope and pray.

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