Shauna Osborn

About Shauna Osborn

Shauna Osborn
Shauna Osborn is an award winning Comanche/German mestiza artist, researcher, and wordsmith. They earned an MFA from New Mexico State University and are Executive Director of Puha Hubiya. Their debut poetry collection Arachnid Verve is available from Mongrel Empire Press. You can find them online at shaunamosborn.wordpress.com.

Stealing Stories, part 3

In the recent literary news, three examples popped up (two in Canada, one in the US) of writers utilizing Native stories without doing adequate research or asking for necessary permission. I’ve highlighted all three in separate installments. This installment focuses on Blood Moon by John Sedgwick. John Sedgwick is the author of thirteen books, including War of Two, an account of the duel between Hamilton…

Stealing Stories, Part 2

In the recent literary news, three examples popped up (two in Canada, one in the US) of writers utilizing Native stories without doing adequate research or asking for necessary permission. I’ll highlight all three in separate installments. This installment focuses on In Case I Go by Angie Abdou. Abdou is a Canadian fiction author of five books. In Case I Go is a fictionalized account of Abdou’s…

Stealing Stories, Part 1

In the recent literary news, three examples popped up (two in Canada, one in the US) of writers utilizing Native stories without doing adequate research or asking for necessary permission. I’ll be focusing on each in a series of posts.  Believe me, these are not the first examples of authors taking liberties with tribal content. There is a long tradition of uninformed, stereotype filled portrayals…

Wooden Indians: Prescriptive Roles in Publishing

Performative narratives that minority writers are expected to follow are both bountiful and brutally constrictive. Many authors find themselves in situations where, in order to complete projects or be included in a publication, they are required to fit themselves into one of these existing performative roles. In order to qualify for the crown and title of “Native American Writer” you have to fit the mold…

Ways To Be Marvelously Supportive (or Critical) of Community Focused Projects

We can show support within our community in countless ways. From donating money or resources, to sharing our skill sets, helping with publicity, building collaborations among wonderful organizations, problem solving during local events, or generating ideas at meetings, everyone has the means to be useful and supportive. People you care about or organizations you like will take on projects (both large and small) that you are…