Richard Van Camp

Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tlicho Dene from the NorthWest Territories of Canada. His novel, The Lesser Blessed, is now a movie with First Generation Films. He is the author of twelve books in all genres. From comic books to baby books to short story collections to books for families, Richard is an internationally renowned storyteller and keynote speaker.

Julianna Brannum is a documentary filmmaker based in Austin, TX. Her first film, The Creek Runs Red, was selected to air in Fall 2007 on PBS’s national prime- time series, Independent Lens. In early 2008, she co-produced a feature-length documentary with Emmy Award-winning producer, Stanley Nelson for PBS’s We Shall Remain – a 5-part series on Native American history. The episode, “Wounded Knee”, chronicled the siege of Wounded Knee, SD in 1973 led by the American Indian Movement.

In 2007, Ms. Brannum was selected as a Sundance Institute/Ford Foundation Fellow and has been awarded grants from the Sundance Institute’s Native Initiative, National Geographic, ITVS, the Oklahoma Humanities Council, NAPT, and the Sundance Documentary Fund for her latest documentary LaDonna Harris: Indian 101. In April 2008, she was awarded a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Tribeca Film Institute in support of the film.

Ms. Brannum also spent 8 years working as a film programmer for AFI FEST, the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent before producing programs for Discovery Channel, HGTV, A&E, Bravo and PBS. Ms. Brannum is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and was awarded the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a member of the Quahada band of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma.

Amanda Cobb-Greetham, (Chickasaw) serves as an Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University, specializing in Native American Studies.  From 2007-2012, Cobb-Greetham served the Chickasaw Nation as the director of History and Culture where she was instrumental in launching the Chickasaw Cultural Center and in bringing the Sundance Film Forward program to the Cultural Center. Cobb-Greetham is the author of Listening to Our Grandmothers’ Stories: The Bloomfield Academy for Chickasaw Females (2000), an American Book Award winner.  She co-edited a collection of essays with Amy Lonetree titled The National Museum of the American Indian: Critical Conversations (2008). She is the editor of American Indian Quarterly.

Sharon Linezo Hong is an independent documentary filmmaker based in Cambridge, MA. My Louisiana Love is her first full-length documentary. The award winning film has screened internationally at festivals, universities, and museums, including the Smithsonian Institute for a month-long daily screening, and had a national public broadcast on WGBH WORLD’S documentary series America Reframed (2012). Sharon studies anthropology at Brandeis University and continues to make documentary films for her independent production company, Within A Sense, LLC.

Lisa Jackson’s genre-blending films span documentary and fiction and include current affairs, animation, and a musical. They’ve appeared on most networks in Canada, screened at major festivals internationally, and garnered numerous awards, including a 2010 Genie for Best Short Film. She is Anishinaabe and lives in Vancouver.

Lindsey Claire Smith is Associate Professor of English and American Studies and Associate Director of American Indian Studies at Oklahoma State University. She is the author of Indians, Environment, and Identity on the Borders of American Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and Alternative Contact: Indigeneity, Globalism, and American Studies (Johns Hopkins, 2011). She is the incoming editor of American Indian Quarterly and a founding member of the Tulsa Indigenous Studies Alliance.

Alan R. Velie is David Ross Boyd Professor of English at the University of Professor. He obtained his BA from Harvard in 1959, and PhD from Stanford in 1969. His 1969 class on American Indian literature was the first course of its sort in the United States. He has written three critical books, edited seven anthologies or collections of essays, and written forty articles, primarily on the subject of Native American Studies. He has lectured on Indian culture at universities in Bolivia, Venezuela, China, Turkey, and throughout Europe. He currently teaches undergraduate courses on Shakespeare and the Bible, and graduate courses on Indian literature.

Monique Verdin is a native daughter of southeast Louisiana. Her intimate documentation of the Mississippi River Deltas’ indigenous Houma nation exposes the complex interconnectedness of environment, economics, culture, climate and change. Monique is the subject/co-writer/co-producer of the documentary My Louisiana Love (2012). Her photographs and words are included in the Unfathomable City : A New Orleans Atlas (2013); she is a current collaborator and performer of Cry You One (2013-14).

Dr. Kimberly Weiser is an Assistant Professor of English and an affiliated faculty member with Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She has recently become Director of Native Writers Circle of the Americas and serves as Vice-President Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. She is one of the co-authors of Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective (OU Press), named one of the most important books in her field in the first decade of the 21st century by NAISA. She is currently revising her manuscript Back to the Blanket: Reading, Writing, and Resistance for American Indian Literary Critics—winner of the NWCA First Books Award for Prose 2004. She has written and published poems, stories, articles, book reviews, and reference entries for anthologies and for publications from Studies in American Indian Literatures to American Indian Quarterly to News from Indian Country and Talking Stick Arts Newsletter. Her areas of interest are Native critical theories, contemporary Native literatures, (particularly women's literatures), Native rhetorics, and Native creative writing.

Kristin Dowell is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. She is a visual anthropologist who has conducted research on Aboriginal media for over a decade and is the author of Sovereign Screens: Aboriginal Media on the Canadian West Coast, published with the University of Nebraska Press. She has worked as an assistant curator at several Native film festivals and teaches courses on visual anthropology, the anthropology of media, and ethnographic video production.

Joshua B. Nelson (Cherokee) is Assistant Professor of English and affiliated faculty with Native American Studies, and Film & Media Studies at the University of Oklahoma, where he teaches American Indian literature and film. His book project Progressive Traditions: Identity in Cherokee Literature and Culture deconstructs the assimilated/traditional dichotomy in American Indian scholarship to explore adaptive strategies outside statist frameworks, and is forthcoming from the University of Oklahoma Press in the fall of 2014.