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Eric Gansworth

Eric Gansworth, S˚ha-weñ na-saeɂ (Onondaga), writer and visual artist, was raised at the Tuscarora Nation. He is a professor and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College. In 2016, he was NEH Distinguished Visiting Professor at Colgate University and was one of fifteen writers chosen for LIT CITY, a public arts project celebrating Buffalo’s literary legacy. His books include If I Ever Get Out of Here (YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults), Extra Indians (American Book Award), Mending Skins (PEN Oakland Award), and A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function (NBCC Good Reads List). His most recent book is Give Me Some Truth.

Mar/Apr 2019

Secret Identity

By Eric Gansworth

I didn’t finish elementary school the way I was supposed to. I missed the party, cupcakes, and Hawaiian Punch cut with 7UP in Dixie cups. Our desks were covered in […]

Winter 2010

Summons

By Eric Gansworth

She broke the laws and evidence of nature, physics, time, anything that would cost her more than she could acknowledge, believing these things would not fall to rot and waste, […]

Winter 2010

Trick or Treat

By Eric Gansworth

So, it’s my nephew’s sixteenth birthday. He’ll be driving soon. Maybe as soon as tomorrow, Halloween. On the reservation, you stop trick or treating only at the age you feel […]

Winter 2010

Engagement

By Eric Gansworth

And so, I didn’t know what their problem was; it’s not like he wasn’t going to find out how we lived or didn’t already have a pretty damned good idea, […]

Fall 2006

True Crime

By Eric Gansworth

After my ma’s boyfriend Gih-rhaggs died, I got farmed out to anyone on the reservation who could and would take me. My ma still needed to bring in whatever bucks […]