Carter Rivard, a poet who grew up in the Osage Reservation, received a Rhodes Scholarship and became a Professor of English at the University of Washington, will be remembered at 2 p.m. on June 29.
Revard passed away on January 3 at the age of 90 The Women’s Official Hall on the University of Washington Campus”Celebrate his life, share stories and think about the huge impact he has had on this community,” the university said in a press release.
Carter taught at the university’s English department for more than 30 years, retiring in 1997. He published a scholarship on Middle English poetry and was particularly known for his research on the medieval manuscript known as Harley 2253.
He was also “by most accounts the most important American Indian poet from Oklahoma,” according to the Oklahoma Encyclopedia of History and Culture. He wrote poetry with some Native American themes, while occasionally using forms known to medieval writers.
Carter’s collections include: “Ponca War Dancers” (1980), “Cowboys and Indians, Christmas Shopping” (1992), “An Eagle Nation” (1993), and “How the Songs Come Down” (2005); In addition to essays, “Family Affairs, Tribal Affairs” (1998), and mixed-genre memoirs, “Winning the Dust Bowl” (2001).
More information about Revard is in his obituary.
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