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Eric Gansworth, Sˑha-weñ na-saeˀ, (Onondaga, Eel Clan) is a writer and visual artist, who was born and raised at the Tuscarora Nation. His books include the novels: Mending Skins (Pen Oakland Award) and Extra Indians (American Book Award, NAISA Book of the Year); the young adult novels: Give Me Some Truth, and If I Ever Get Out of Here, (for which he also recorded audiobooks) and the collection of poems and paintings, A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function. His play, Re-Creation Story, was selected for the Public Theater’s Native Theater Festival. He is a Professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. In 2016, he was an NEH Distinguished Visiting Professor at Colgate University. He was selected for inclusion in LIT CITY, a public arts project featuring banners of 15 writers celebrating Buffalo’s Literary Legacy along Washington Street, Buffalo’s “Literary Corridor.” As a visual artist, he has had solo exhibitions at the Castellani Museum, Colgate University, Bright Hill Center, Westfield State University and SUNY Oneonta. Some work is on long-term loan to the Iroquois Indian Museum. His work has been supported by the National Book Critics Circle, the Lannan Foundation, the Saltonstall Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arne Nixon Center, the Virginia Piper Center, and The Seaside Institute among other institutions. His work has appeared in POETRY, The Kenyon Review, The Cream City Review, The Boston Review, Provincetown Arts, Shenandoah, Third Coast, Many Mountains Moving among other journals and has been widely anthologized.