Sand Hills Writers Series


feat. Linda Hogan and Rick Van Noy

10 – 11:30 AM

Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom

Augusta University’s Summerville Campus      

A Chickasaw novelist, essayist, and environmentalist, Linda Hogan was born in Denver, Colorado. She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and an MA in English and creative writing from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Hogan is the author of nine poetry collections–most recently, Dark. Sweet. New and Selected Poems (2014). Intimately connected to her political and spiritual concerns, Hogan’s poetry deals with issues such as the environment and eco-feminism, the relocation of Native Americans, and historical narratives, including oral histories. Her works of prose–three essay collections and four novels–also reflect her interests in the environment and Native American culture.

Hogan is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation for her fiction. Hogan’s other awards include a Lannan Literary Award, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Spirit of the West Literary Achievement Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. In 2015 she received a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Culture Foundation and in 2016 she was awarded the Thoreau Prize from PEN.

Active as an educator and speaker, Hogan has taught at the University of Colorado and at the Indigenous Education Institute. She has been a speaker at the United Nations Forum and was a plenary speaker at the Environmental Literature Conference in Turkey in 2009.

Rick Van Noy grew up in a small New Jersey town on the Delaware River just up from where Washington crossed on Christmas Eve. After stints in Colorado, Washington, and Ohio, he moved to Radford, Virginia, for a position in the English Department at Radford University and has stayed for the clean waterways and lovely mountains. Telemark skiing is among his more feverish pursuits, but he also enjoys biking, paddling, and gardening, believing—each spring—that he can keep the tomato blight at bay. Walking his dogs on a neighbor’s wooded hill doubles as exercise and relaxation. With his wife, Catherine, he lives in an old farmhouse of revived plaster and odd angles with two children, Sam and Elliot, and a menagerie of animal dependents.

Van Noy is the author of Surveying the Interior: Literary Cartographers and the Sense of Place (2003), A Natural Sense of Wonder: Connecting Kids with Nature through the Seasons (2008), and Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate-Changed South (2019).