Oklahoma's writing community is small compared to some states, but the Sooner state's literary quality is quite high. As evidence, we cite the induction this week of N. Scott Momaday into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame.
Born in Lawton in 1934, Momaday came to wide public attention when his 1968 novel, House Made of Dawn, won the Pulitzer Prize. Momaday's writing career has also encompassed poetry, plays, and stories. Other Momaday titles include The Way to Rainy Mountain, a poetic mediation on Momaday's Kiowa upbringing in Oklahoma.
Momaday earned a Ph.D. at Stanford and has taught at UC Berkeley and the University of Arizona. Earlier this year, Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry appointed Momaday as the state's Centennial Poet Laureate.
Momaday was in Tulsa this week for a Hall of Fame banquet in his honor. Momaday was introduced by Federal Judge Robert Henry.
All praise to Teresa Miller of OSU-Tulsa's Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers for recognizing the literary contributions of an Oklahoma master, N. Scott Momaday.