This week, meet Karenne Wood, a poet and linguistic anthropologist who grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC. She earned an MFA at George Mason University and a PhD in anthropology at the University of Virginia, where she was a Ford Fellow. Wood is the author of the poetry collection Markings on Earth (2001), which won a Diane Decorah Award for Poetry from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas. Her work was included in the anthologies Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers in Community (2002) and The People Who Stayed: Southeastern Indian Writing After Removal (2010). In her poems, she often explores themes of identity, cultural practice, and language within portraits of historical and contemporary Virginia Indians.
An enrolled member of the Monacan Indian Nation, Wood serves on the Monacan Tribal Council and directs the Virginia Indian Programs at the Virginia Center for the Humanities. She has served as the repatriation director for the Association on American Indian Affairs and as a researcher for the National Museum of the American Indian. Wood curated Beyond Jamestown: Virginia Indians Past and Present, exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. She has served as chair of the Virginia Council on Indians and as a member of the National Congress of American Indians’ Repatriation Commission.
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Weaving the Boundary
Markings on Earth
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Great Conversation with Karenne
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