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Terese Mailhot

Promoted to Associate Professor

Department of English

Terese Mailhot received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Art as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees from New Mexico State University. She was a 2017-18 Tecumseh Fellow at Purdue and joined the faculty in 2018.

Mailhot’s nonfiction essays and short stories have appeared in such publications as Guernica, The Guardian, Mother Jones, Al Jazeera, Indian Country Today, Huffington Post Canada, Time, Catapult, Longreads, The Los Angeles Times, and Best American Essays. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Heart Berries: A Memoir.

Her work engages issues of race, gender, ethnicity, and mental health and provides an important voice in First Nations/Native American/Indigenous conversations at the local, national, and international levels.

Mailhot teaches courses in fiction, non-fiction, and form and technique at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She often employs traditional, Indigenous modes of community building

and storytelling. Recognizing the value of individual attention in a creative writing curriculum, she mentors students through the process of creating short stories, non-fiction pieces, and book-length works of fiction.

Among many literary awards, she is the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award, and the Spalding Prize for the Promotion of Peace and Justice.