Our next featured authors, Amy Krout-Horn and Gabriel Horn, will speak at the library on Monday, November 14.
Amy Krout-Horn, Oieihake Win (Last Word Woman), has resided in two worlds–the world of the sighted and the world of the blind. She has been a writer in both of them.
She is a regular contributor to Slate and Style magazine, and was awarded the publication’s 2008 fiction prize for her short story, “War Pony.” The publication awarded her again in 2012 for “Trickster’s Daughter.” Her essays and stories have appeared in several magazines and journals, including Breath and Shadow, Talking Stick Native Arts Quarterly, and Independent Ink. Additional works are included in the anthologies “Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time: Indigenous Thoughts Concerning the Universe” (Renegade Planets Publishing 2013) and “When Spirits Visit” (Renegade Planets Publishing 2016). She is the co-author of TRANSCENDENCE (All Things That Matter Press 2009), which received the 2012 National Indie Excellence Award gold medal for visionary fiction, the autobiographical novel MY FATHER’S BLOOD (All Things That Matter Press 2011), and DANCING IN CONCRETE MOCCASINS (All Things That Matter Press, 2016).
Whether she is swimming with dolphins, cuddling with her beloved animal companions, or body surfing in the Gulf of Mexico, Amy Krout-Horn embraces life with a tenacity of spirit she attributes to her Native American ancestry. She lives in south Florida, where she currently is at work on her fourth novel, Sundogs and Sinners.
Gabriel Horn’s publications span across four decades, and include MOTHERLESS, a novel that has won 6 book awards, including Winner of the 2016 International Book Award for Multicultural Fiction, and the Florida Book Award Bronze Medal for Young Adult Fiction. The novel TRANSCENDENCE that he co-authored with his life companion Amy was the winner of the 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Award for visionary fiction. Other books include NATIVE HEART, CONTEMPLATIONS OF A PRIMA…L MIND, and THE BOOK OF CEREMONIES, which was displayed at the National Museum of the American Indian. One of his books for children, THE GREAT CHANGE, was honored at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, where he gave a performative reading.
Selected Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, he has received the University of South Florida’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement, and has been awarded Faculty Emeritus at St. Petersburg College.
For over 40 years, from reservation schools, to American Indian Movement Survival Schools, to public schools, colleges, and universities, Gabriel Horn has unwaveringly advocated the academic respect due the history, literature, and philosophy of Native America, and has been an outspoken defender of the natural world.