Dauenhauer named Alaska Native Writer Laureate
First Alaska Native to hold the title.
Nora Marks Dauenhauer was honored with a reception at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center November 20 in recognition of her recent appointment as Alaska’s newest Writer Laureate. The event, which included brief speeches in English and in Tlingit, highlighted Dauenhauer’s role in shaping not only the literary arts of the state, but also in revitalizing the traditions and language of her culture. She is the first Alaska Native to hold the title. Dauenhauer’s husband Richard is a former Alaska Writer Laureate and a retired adjunct professor of Alaska Native Languages at UAS. Richard Dauenhauer noted that he and his wife are the first couple to have shared the title.
UAS Alaska Native Language program head Lance Twitchell and student Ishmael Hope with Nora Marks Dauenhauer at event honoring her appointment as Alaska Writer Laureate, Nov. 13, 2012. Photo from Sealaska Heritage Institute.