Linda Hogan is a Chickasaw writer and the author of eighteen books. Her new and selected poems, Dark. Sweet., was released in 2014 by Coffee House Press, and she has just completed a new novel, The Mercy Liars. She is the recipient of the 2016 PEN Thoreau Prize, a 2015 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation fellowship, an NEA fellowship, and a Guggenheim fellowship, among other awards, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in Colorado along with a Chickasaw mustang and a wild burro.