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Leslie Marmon Silko

Leslie Marmon Silko is the author of ten books of fiction, poetry, and memoir, including Ceremony , Storyteller , Almanac for the Dead , and The Turquoise Ledge . She received a "Genius Grant" from the MacArthur Foundation in 1981 and the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. The singular achievement of Ceremony , published in 1977, secured her a place among the first rank of Native American novelists.