Dr. Kimberly Roppolo will read from her work Tuesday, October 13, at 7 p.m. at the Jacobson House, corner of Boyd and Chautauqua in Norman. Dr. Roppolo is of Cherokee, Choctaw, and Creek descent, is the National Director of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers and an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, where she spent the previous year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Native American Studies. She received her doctorate from Baylor University in Waco, Texas in 2002. She has taught as an instructor at McLennan Community College and as an Assistant Professor of Native Studies at The University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. In 2004, she was honored to receive the Native Writers Circle of the Americas First Books Award for Prose. In 2005, she was blessed to be part of a group in a playwrighting workshop with noted Cree writer Tomson Highway. She has co-written non-fiction book published by the University of Oklahoma Press, Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective, with several noted Native scholars including Craig Womack and Robert Warrior. 

She has published poems in a variety of journals and anthologies such as Red Ink, Studies in American Indian Literatures, Native Realities, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, CCTEStudies, MariJo Moore’s Birthed from Scorched Hearts: Women Respond to War, Robert Bensen’sChildren of the Dragonfly, Susan Berry Brill de Ramírez and Evelina Zuni Lucero’s Simon J. Ortiz: A Poetic Legacy of Indigenous Continuance, Belonging, and Commitment, Geary Hobson and Janet McAdams’s The People Who Stayed Behind: Southeastern Indian Writing After the Removal, and Gloria E. Anzaldúa and AnaLouise Keating’s This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation. She is currently drafting her first novel, Quilt Like a Night Sky, an Indian noir novel set from Alberta to Oklahoma. The proud mother of Cody, Rachel, and Marley, she resides in Norman, Oklahoma, and is engaged to be married to Patrick Attocknie (Comanche).