Laura Tohe

Laura Tohe grew up near the Chuska Mountains on the eastern border of the Diné homeland.  She currently lives in Mesa, Arizona.  

A poet, writer, and librettist, Tohe's work has been published in the journals Ploughshares, New Letters, Red Ink, World Literature Today  and many others.  She has read her poetry in the U.S., Europe, and South America.  Her chapbook of poetry, Making Friends with Water, was translated into modern dance and music by The Moving Company in Omaha, Nebraska.  Laura wrote the commissioned libretto for Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio for the Phoenix Symphony's 60th Anniversary that made its world premiere in Phoenix in February 2008.  It received rave reviews by the Arizona Republic and was called "a triumph" by Opera Today.  Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio will  be performed by Salt Lake Choral Artists on May 2, 2009.   The soundtrack for Enemy Slayer appears on the Naxos label on March 31, 2009. 

 Laura received her Bachelors degree from the University of New Mexico and her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. 


Laura received an Arizona Arts Award nomination from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Tucson, AZ in June 2009.

Tséyi’ / Deep in the Rock: Reflections on Canyon de Chelly, a book of poetry and photography by Stephen Strom,  received the 2007 Arizona Book Association's  Glyph Award for Best Poetry and Best Book and was named a Top Pick on the Southwest Books of the Year 2005 list from the Tucson-Pima Public Library. 

She was named 2006 Dan Schilling Public Scholar Award by the Arizona Humanities Council.

Laura co-edited Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community which received a best book nomination by the Minnesota Book Awards.

In 1999 No Parole Today was awarded Poetry Book of the Year by the Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers. Laura was named Writer of the Year - Poetry for No Parole Today by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers.

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