Writing from Experience

Minnesota author David Treuer (BF’03) uses his fiction and nonfiction writing to debunk stereotypes about Native American people. The son of an Austrian Holocaust survivor and a tribal court judge, Treuer’s work often includes stories of his youth, growing up on the Leech Lake Ojibwe Reservation.

Treuer has been a guest at several national events. He was a guest author at the Institute of American Indian Arts’ 2016 Winter Writers Festival in Santa Fe, N.M., an annual event that features readings from notable authors as well as showcases students’ work. Additionally, Treuer spoke about his nonfiction book “Rez Life,” at a school in Le Sueur, Minn.

Treuer has a doctorate in anthropology and has earned fellowships from the Bush Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation. His work has appeared in Esquire, The Washington Post and The New York Times.