Cheyenne Poet to Visit SWOSU


Lance Henson, internationally known author of 17 books of poetry, will present a lecture/reading at Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Monday, October 9.

The public is invited to Henson’s reading at 7 p.m. in the SWOSU Conference on the Weatherford campus. Admission is free.

Earlier in the day, Henson will visit SWOSU classes on creative writing and American Indian history.

Henson grew up in Calumet and bases much of his work on his traditional Southern Cheyenne heritage.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and is a graduate of the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha, where he has been named to their Alumni Hall of Fame. He obtained his MFA in creative writing from the University of Tulsa. 

A member of the Cheyenne Dog Soldier Society, the Native American Church, and the American Indian Movement, he has shared his Cheyenne culture with the world through his poetry, plays and lectures.

According to the entry about him in the Native American Authors Project,  "Henson's poetry is known for its powerful imagery, brevity and universal appeal.  It incorporates Cheyenne philosophy and traditions as well as social and political commentary on the modern world."  His poetry has been translated into 25 languages, and he has read and lectured in nine countries.  Currently living in Europe, he will make this visit to SWOSU while on a visit home.

This lecture/reading is co-sponsored by the Cheyenne/Arapaho Tribe, SWOSU's Faculty Development Committee and the SWOSU Language Arts Department.  For more information contact Dr. Jill Jones at 580.774.3734.