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'American writer of novels, poetry, children's' books, short stories; professional storyteller. Joseph Bruchac was born in in the town of Greenfield Center, New York located in the foothills of the Adirondacks near Saratoga Springs. His maternal grandparents, who operated a general store in Greenfield Center, raised him. Although she never practiced law, his grandmother was a graduate of Albany Law School. His grandfather, who was of Abenaki Indian descent, could barely read and write. Today, Bruchac lives in his grandparents'home. It was the Native American spiritual and cultural heritage of his grandfather that became the basis for most of his work. While he started college at Cornell University as wildlife conservation major, he excelled as a writer and graduated with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in zoology. He published his first poem in Cornell's literary magazine, Trojan Horse, later becaming the editor and then an assistant editor at the school's national journal, Epoch. He then went on to earn an M.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Union Institute of Ohio. From to , Bruchac volunteered as a teacher in Ghana, West Africa. He returned to the U. S. and began giving writing workshops in prisons including a creative writing workshop for survivors of the then recent Attica Prison 'massacre'. Eventually, he spent 8 years directing a college program inside a maximum-security prison for Skidmore College. Bruchac also worked with California poet William Witherup to produce a prison anthology based on inmate poems Witherup had smuggled out of Soledad Prison. Words from the House of the Dad: A Kite from Soledad () became the first book published by Greenfield Press which he co-founded with his wife, Carol, in . Bruchac is the author or co-author of more than 0 books for children and adults including over novels and more than books of poetry stories. His writings for children include numerous picture books, a collection of plays for children, and the best selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children. He has also edited 8 highly praised anthologies of contemporary poetry and fiction, non-fiction books including his autobiography Bowman's Store, and his articles and stories have appeared in over 0 publications. As a professional storyteller, Bruchac has performed in Europe and throughout the U.S. With his sister and sons, he performs in a musical group, Dawn Land Singers, which has released an album titled Alnobak. Among Bruchac's honors are a Rockefeller Humanities fellowship, a Hope S. Dean Award for Notable Achievement in Children's Literature, the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and both the Writer of the Year Award and the Storyteller of the Year Award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. In , he received Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. '
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