A reissuing of Riding the Earthboy 40, poems by James Welch.
JAMES WELCH was born in Browning, Montana, in 1940. He is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe. He attended schools on the Blackfeet and Ft. Belknap Reservations, graduating from high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1958. He received a B.A. from the University of Montana in 1965. He spent two years in the M.F.A. program in creative writing at the University of Montana, studying with the acclaimed poet Richard Hugo. In addition to Riding the Earthboy 40, his only collection of poems, James Welch has written four novels including Winter in the Blood, The Blood of Jim Loney, Fools Crow, and The Indian Lawyer. He has taught at the University of Washington and Cornell University. Among his many awards are the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction, an American Book Award and honorary doctorates from Rocky Mountain College and the University of Montana. His most recent book is a work of non-fiction about Plains Indians and the Battle of the Little Bighorn entitled Killing Custer which was published by Norton in 1994. Currently he is working on a novel about a Sioux Indian who went to Europe with Buffalo Bill s Wild West Show in 1889.