Kirby Brown wins mention in MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages

Our very own Professor Kirby Brown has won an honorable mention for his work “Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Cherokee Writing, 1970-1970”! He has been awarded “for an outstanding scholarly study of Native American literature, culture, or languages written by a member of the association”. “Stoking The Fire…” explores writers, histories, and texts from the Cherokee Nation.


For Prof. Brown, “Stoking the Fire…” was significant both professionally and personally. This publication secured him a tenure position at UO, allowed him to connect with his family history and heritage, and further explore Cherokee identity. “My book, Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Cherokee Writing , published in the summer of 2018 was really important for me…it was about writers, texts, and history from my own tribal nation, the Cherokee Nation, contemporary with my grandfather’s own life.


"…I’m realizing how doing the project actually allowed me to get closer to him, to hold him with me for a few years as I came to a more complicated and nuanced understanding of Cherokee nationhood and of questions of identity, culture, community, and history across the first few decades of the 20 th century. He passed when I was six, so being able to “call him back” through the project was really special.” -Prof. Brown


Please join us in congratulating Professor Brown for this truly wonderful achievement!