Duane Niatum

Biography of Duane Niatum

Duane Niatum (McGinniss) (born 1938-) is a Native American poet, author and playwright of Klallam descent.

Niatum is often cited as belonging to the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln has termed the Native American Renaissance.

After his parent's divorce, Niatum's Klallam grandfather became his surrogate father.

After serving in the United States Navy, Niatum graduated with a B.A. from the University of Washington, completed work on a M.A at Johns Hopkins University, and earned a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1997.

Niatum has taught at Johns Hopkins University, The Evergreen State College, the University of Washington, Eastern Washington University, Seattle Central Community College, Western Washington University, Northwest Indian College, and the University of Michigan.

He was editor of the Native American Authors Program, Harper & Row Publishers.

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