Leslie Marmon Silko is the author of the novels Ceremony, Almanac of the Dead, and Gardens in the Dunes. She has also written many short stories, poems and essays, and her most recent book is a memoir, The Turquoise Ledge. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and an NEA fellowship, Silko lives
Coincidently I have been thinking about the role of the setting or place in a story since I saw 'August: Osage County' the other day. At one point one of the protagonists in the movie tried to make the point about what a godforsaken place Oklahoma is as she drives to her parents house with a sense of dread. She wonders why whites bothered to steal the place from the Indians.
In fact the movie fell short of of giving the viewer a sense ...more
Silko was a debut recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Grant, now known as the "Genius Grant", in 1981 and the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas Life ...more