FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and storyteller N. Scott Momaday will give a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 as part of Oklahoma City University’s Distinguished Speakers Series. The event is free to the public and will be held in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in Meinders School of Business.
Momaday is known as one of the best storytellers in America. His visit comes as a special personal invitation of OCU’s new president, Robert Henry.
“Scott Momaday is at least a quintuple threat. He is a novelist, an artist, a lyric oralist, a historian, and above all, a poet,” Henry said. “He is a man of several worlds, worlds of the Kiowas of his birth and blood, the Navajos and Pueblos of his youth, the classical writers and contemporary scholars of his university days at Stanford and at the worlds where he has taught: Moscow, Siberia, France, Italy and others.”
Momaday won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969 for his novel, “House Made of Dawn.” His work spans many genres including plays, folk tales, memoirs and essays.
His other literary works include “The Way to Rainy Mountain,” “Angle of Geese,” “The Names: A Memoir,” “The Ancient Child,” “In the Presence of the Sun,” “In the Bear’s House” and “Three Plays.”
He has won a Guggenhiem Fellowship and received UNESCO’s Artist for Peace Award. Momaday was the Oklahoma Centennial State Poet Laureate in 2007.
Momaday earned his PhD in English and American Literature from Stanford University. He was the first professor to teach American literature at the University of Moscow in Russia. He also taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara, University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University and the University of Arizona.
He is the founder and chairman of The Buffalo Trust, a nonprofit foundation supporting the efforts of indigenous communities to preserve and perpetuate their cultural identity.
“We are excited and honored to host such a brilliant storyteller. Scott Momaday has done an excellent job upholding the oral tradition, and we’re looking forward to hearing what he does best,” Henry said.