Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and storyteller N. Scott Momaday will give a free presentation at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in Kerr-McGee Auditorium at the Meinders School of Business as part of Oklahoma City University's Distinguished Speakers Series.
"Scott Momaday is at least a quintuple threat. He is a novelist, an artist, a lyric oralist, a historian and, above all, a poet," OCU President Robert Henry said. "He is a man of several worlds, worlds of the Kiowas of his birth and blood, the Navajos and Pueblos of his youth, the classical writers and contemporary scholars of his university days at Stanford and at the worlds where he has taught: Moscow, Siberia, France, Italy and others."
Momaday won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1969 for his novel, "House Made of Dawn." His other literary works " which span plays, folk tales, memoirs and essays " include "The Way to Rainy Mountain," "Angle of Geese," "The Names: A Memoir," "The Ancient Child," "In the Presence of the Sun," "In the Bear's House" and "Three Plays."
He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, UNESCO's Artist for Peace Award, and the title of Oklahoma Centennial State Poet Laureate in 2007. He is the founder and chairman of The Buffalo Trust, a nonprofit foundation supporting the efforts of indigenous communities to preserve and perpetuate their cultural identity.