Adrian C. Louis

Courtesy of Joe Curtis and the Mark Twain Bookstore, Virginia City.

William A. G. Brown, owner of the Boston Saloon.

Adrian C. Louis (1946-present) was born and raised in Nevada. He is the eldest of twelve children, and an enrolled member of the Lovelock Paiute Indian Tribe.

Louis received his bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in creative writing from Brown University. A former journalist and co-founder of the Native American Press Association, he has edited four tribal newspapers, including Lakota Times and Indian Country Today. From 1984 until 1997, he taught English and writing at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota. Since 1999, Louis has been an English professor in the Minnesota State University system.

He has received a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Fellowship along with awards from the Wurlitzer Foundation, the Bush Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His books of poetry include Fire Water World (1989) and Among the Dog-Eaters (1992). His novel, Skins, was published in 1995. In 1999, Louis was elected to the Nevada Writer's Hall of Fame, and was a finalist for the Poetry Prize at the Los Angeles Times Book Awards for 2006.

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