Creative Writing Faculty

Debra Earling

Debra Earling


Office: LA BUILDING Room 215
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On leave Fall 2019

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Personal Summary

Debra Magpie Earling teaches Fiction and Native American Studies full time. Her novel Perma Red (Putnam, 2002) won the Western Writers Association Spur Award, WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for Best First Novel, a WILLA Literary Award and the American Book Award. The Lost Journals of Sacajewea (Koch editions, 2010),  a collaboration with photographer Peter Rutledge Koch, re-invents the life of Sacajewea. Earling's  publications also include stories in The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology, Talking Leaves: Contemporary Native American Short Stories, Circle of Women: Anthology of Western Women Writers and Wild Women: Anthology of Women Writers. She is the recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship.


M.F.A., Cornell University (1992)

Home Department

Department of English 

Area of Expertise

Fiction and Native American Studies

AIG Dept/College

College of Humanities and Sciences, English