Explain the writing career of Thomas King.

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Thomas King began in an academic career. After attending colleges in California, he worked as a photojournalist in New Zealand before completing a bachelor degree in English from California State College in Chico. He then worked at the University of Utah as an academic counselor for American Indian students while simultaneously earning his M.A. in English, also from CSC, Chico. After a time of employment  at California's Humboldt State University, King went to Canada to accept a position as Chair of the Native Studies Department, later receiving his Ph.D in English and American Studies from the University of Utah.

It wasn't until 1987, a year after earning his Ph.D, that King published his first short stories. Three years later, King published Medicine River, which was his first novel. 1992 was the year he published his first children's book called A Coyote Columbus Story, which won the Canadian Governor-General's Award. He then wrote a teleplay of his first novel and in 1993 published his best known novel Green Grass, Running Water, which was followed by a short story collection in the same year.

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