Huron, Cherokee poet/writer and MFA graduate of Vermont College, Allison A. Hedge Coke is The Distinguished Paul W. Reynolds and Clarice Kingston Reynolds Endowed Chair in English and associate professor of English in poetry and writing at the University of Nebraska, Kearney. She is also a regular visiting professor in Naropa University's MFA summer writing program.

She is the editor of eight anthologies and author of five poetry volumes, including: Blood Run, a verse-play set in eastern South Dakota (Writer of the Year Award, 2006), Dog Road Woman (American Book Award) and Off-Season City Pipe (Writer of the Year Award 2005) and a memoir, Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer (AIROS Book of the Month selection). Her works of poetry and fiction have appeared extensively in anthologies and magazines.

Hedge Coke intends to foster a new generation of writers and artists by sharing skills, craft and technique and by building confidence, encouraging self-esteem and supporting writing and art as vehicles for communication, self-expression and growth. Hedge Coke has more than 25 years of teaching experience in honors classes, special education, gifted and talented programs and arts magnet schools. She has worked with migrant youth, reservation and urban Indian students, youth-at-risk, incarcerated, and students with emotional disabilities at K-12, college, graduate and post-graduate levels.

Grade levels: Pre-K-12
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Allison Hedge Coke
English Department, UNE
905 W. 25th St, #202A TMHL
Kearney, Nebraska 68849

or 804 N. Indiana Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57103
phone: 308-236-6260 or 308-865-8672,


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