Diane Glancy Analysis

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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Although Diane Glancy first attracted critical interest as a poet, she has expanded her literary prowess to become an accomplished essayist, novelist, and playwright. She also has edited several collections on multicultural writings and written numerous plays and screenplays. She has published more than thirty books.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Diane Glancy is recognized for having one of the most prolific and multifaceted voices in contemporary poetry. Her work has been published by a multifarious group of academic and independent presses, from the University of Nebraska Press, which is known for its Native American publications, to the liberal arts-based Chax Press. Glancy has published numerous compilations of her poetry, often employing an assortment of presses because of the versatility of her work. In an interview with Jennifer Andrews in American Indian Quarterly (Fall, 2002), Glancy explains that her publications need “presses with different viewpoints,” a testament to the malleability of her work as poet and writer. A woman of both Cherokee and English-German ancestry, Glancy merges these two identities in her body of work, often switching between colloquial and formal language structures within the same poem. She has described this emblematic attribute of her poetry as writing with a “split voice.” Her ability to intertwine two vastly different cultures through language has distinguished her as one of the most important poets in Native American literature, with her work appearing in more than forty anthologies. She has led several poetry workshops throughout the Midwest and served as the artist-in-residence of the State Arts Council in Oklahoma. During the spring quarter of 1998, Glancy was recognized as the Edlstein-Keller Minnesota Writer of Distinction at the University of...

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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Glancy, Diane. “A Conversation with Diane Glancy.” Interview by Jennifer Andrews. American Indian Quarterly 26, no. 4 (Fall, 2002): 645-658. Analyzes what has inspired and helped Glancy locate her Native American voice.

_______. “Diane Glancy.” http://dianeglancy.com. The official Web site for Glancy provides information on her works and awards.

Krupat, Arnold. “Representing Cherokee Dispossession.” Studies in American Indian Literature 17, no. 1 (Spring, 2005): 16-41. A discussion of the erasure presented in Cherokee literature that examines much of Glancy’s body of work.

McGlennen, Molly. “Adjusting the Margins: Locating Identity in the Poetry of Diane Glancy.” Studies in American Indian Literature 15, nos. 3/4 (Fall, 2003/Winter, 2004): 128-146. An article discussing the formation of Glancy’s voice as pertaining to its existence in borderlands and the marginalia of contemporary literature.

Sonneborn, Liz, ed. A to Z of American Indian Women. Rev. ed. New York: Facts On File, 2007. Contains a short biographical entry on Glancy.