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Silko, Leslie

Born: 1948 AD
Currently alive, at 73 years of age.
Nationality: N/A
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1948 – She was born this year in Albuquerque and raised on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation in northern New Mexico.


1969 – She graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico in this year and briefly attended law school before deciding to pursue a writing career.


1977 – Silko’s first novel, Ceremony in this year, is a nonchronological work that interweaves free verse poetry and narrative prose. Silko has earned acclaim for her writings about American Indians. She first received substantial critical attention in this year with her novel “Ceremony”.


1981 – Silko’s next work, Storyteller in this year, is comprised of poems from her earlier collection Laguna Woman in 1974 as well as short stories, anecdotes, folktales, historical and autobiographical notes, and photographs.


1993 – She published an autobiographical narrative entitled Sacred Water: Narratives and Pictures that placed particular emphasis the importance of water.


1996 – That book was followed in 1996 by Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit: Essays on Native American Life Today, in which Silko discourses on a wide range of topics, including storytelling, the power of words in the Pueblo, and the relationship between memory and photography.


1999 – Silko’s most recent novel, Gardens in the Dunes: A Novel that tells the story of a young Native American girl in flight from the destruction of her own tribal world by whites.


2000 – The University Press of Mississippi published Conversations with Leslie Marmon Silko. Although Silko has not granted many interviews during her professional career, the sixteen in this collection provide insight into her views of living oral traditions.