Happy Birthday Blog: Janet Campbell Hale

Happy Birthday Blog: Janet Campbell Hale

Janet Campbell Hale

Born: January 11, 1946

Riverside, California, USA

Known For: Prominent Native American writer

Hale comes from Coeur d’Alene, Kutenai, Cree, and Irish heritage. She grew up on the Coeur d’Alene reservation in Idaho and Yakima reservation in Washington. Her parents’ identity and her own relationship with her Native identity informed her work, as well as her difficult upbringing. Her writing explores Native American issues, poverty, and women’s issues. After surviving an abusive marriage, Hale received her bachelor’s degree in 1972 from the University of California, Berkeley. She went on to receive a master’s degree from the University of California, Davis in 1984.

She published her first work in 1972 in a collection of poems by Native writers. Her first book The Owl’s Song was published in 1974. She published her master’s thesis The Jailing of Cecilia Capture in 1985 and it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native Daughterpublished in 1993, deals with autobiographical issues that “interweave personal experiences with striking portraits of relatives, both living and dead, to form a rich tapestry of history, storytelling, and remembrance.” Bloodlines won the 1994 American Book Award and is considered an important addition to Native literature and literature of women of color. Hale has taught at many universities throughout the Pacific North West and lives on the Coeur d’Alene reservation in Idaho.

Doctor Hinson purchased both The Jailing of Cecilia Capture and Bloodlines and cannot wait to engage with her narratives and prose! The Good Doctors wish her a very happy birthday!

Read more about Janet here.

Find a review of Bloodlines here. 

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