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Professor of English, University of Southern California

Holtzbrinck Fellow - Class of Fall 2022

David Treuer is a professor of English at the University of Southern California. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Minnesota’s Leech Lake Reservation (Gaa-zagaskwaajimekaag in the Ojibwe language), where he grew up. He received his BA from Princeton University in creative writing and anthropology, and his PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Treuer is the author of numerous books, including The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee (Penguin, 2019), which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and a Carnegie Medal, and The Translation of Dr Apelles (Greywolf, 2006), named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, Time Out, and City Pages. A writer of impressive range, from fiction and creative nonfiction to memoir and criticism, his essays and stories have appeared in Granta, Harper’s, EsquireTriQuarterly, Washington Post, Lucky Peach, New York Times, LA Times, and elsewhere. His awards include a Pushcart Prize, two Minnesota Book Awards, California Book Award Gold Medal, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Bush Foundation, and Guggenheim Foundation.

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