Pulitzer Prize Winner N. Scott Momaday opens CW's National Poetry Month Series, bringing three generations of the renowned Momaday family together for a joint reading: N. Scott Momaday, his daughter, Jill Momaday and granddaughter, Natachee Momaday Gray.
Launching CW’s month-long poetry month, Poet and Pulitzer Prize winning author N. Scott Momaday, his daughter, mother, actor, writer, and filmmaker Jill Momaday, and his granddaughter poet and filmmaker, Natachee Momaday Gray will read together.
Dr. N. Scott Momaday won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969 for his novel House Made of Dawn. A native of Oklahoma, he attended the University of New Mexico and Stanford University. His many published works include The Journey of Tai-me, House Made of Dawn, The Way to Rainy Mountain, The Names, The Ancient Child, In the Presence of the Sun, Circle of Wonder, The Man Made of Words, In the Bear's House, and Again the Far Morning.
In 2007, President George W. Bush awarded N. Scott Momaday the National Medal of Arts, "for his writings and his work that celebrate and preserve Native American art and oral tradition". Dr. Momaday was the 2013 recipient of the Stewart Udall Environmental Award. In 2007, the State of Oklahoma named Momaday the Centennial Poet Laureate. He holds the honor of Poet Laureate in the Kiowa tribe, and he is the New Mexico Centennial Distinguished Writer. Most recently (2018,) he won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, the only juried prize to honor the best books addressing racism and questions of equity and diversity. He lives in Santa Fe.
Jill Momaday is a mother, actor, writer, and filmmaker whose film, Return to Rainy Mountain (PBS), documents her Kiowa heritage and life in the arts as the daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning author, N. Scott Momaday. Raised in an artistic and literary family, Jill studied theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico and modeled in New York and Paris. Her film credits include Tony Hillerman's Coyote Waits, directed by Jan Egglesen and produced by Robert Redford; The Desperate Trail, directed by Paul Pesche; and Silent Tongue, written and directed by Sam Shepard. Jill served as Chief of Protocol in New Mexico’s Department of Cultural Affairs from 2005 to 2010 with Governor Bill Richardson. Her knowledge of New Mexico’s cultural diversity and her involvement in the arts gave Jill an advantage as an Ambassador and Cultural Liaison.
Natachee Momaday Gray is a poet and filmmaker whose work focuses on the melding of art and myth, ancestry and nostalgia, food and prayer, glamour, frivolity and time. A believer in the saying "the higher the heel, the closer to God," she is intent on composing a unique and charming color to paint her world. She has never read alongside her granddad, but has always dreamed of doing so. This will be special.