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Perma Red

Author: Debra Earling

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Publisher: Blue Hen Trade

Date: 06/03/2003

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Debra Earling

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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)