Gabriel Horn

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Booklist called Gabriel Horn… “A generous, searching writer…” and his work “…mesmerizing… lyrical… powerful”; The Tampa Tribune, “…insightful and eloquent; Forum magazine wrote, “…uncommon levels of honesty and an absolute respect for the unanswerable questions of life”; the American Indian Library Journal, “…too appealing to resist reading a second time”; and Spirituality & Health magazine stated that “…. Horn demonstrates a kind of radical amazement, a deep feeling tinged with both awe and wonder….”

He is also an award-winning author and professor of literature and creative writing (retired). His publications span across four decades, and include, for children: his first book, Ceremony – in the Circle of Life, Beyond Words Publishing. Ceremony - in the Circle of Life was selected as a Notable Children’s Trade by the National Council of Social Studies Teachers. As White Deer of Autumn, he also authored for children, The Great Change, (a featured book at the Multicultural Children’s Book Festival in Washington DC), and Native People/Native Ways, a four book series for readers from middle school and up, surveying the history, achievements, and world views of Native Americans (translated into Italian).                                                 For adults, and young adults, his works include Native Heart, Contemplations of a Primal Mind, The Book of Ceremonies, and a novel co-authored with his wife Amy, Transcendence. His most recent novel MOTHERLESS, was the inaugural publication of Lisa Hagan Books. 

Excerpts of his works have been anthologized in college texts on writing and for Western Humanities, and included in several acclaimed literary anthologies. In 1973, Gabriel Horn’s A Chant to Lure Honor, was the concluding selection for the college text and anthology, Literature of the American Indian. His work also appeared in the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Journal of Florida Literature, and Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time: Indigenous Thoughts Concerning the Universe. He has provided an interview for Stephan Martin’s book, Cosmic Conversations, and he is the editor and the author of the Editor's Note in the Harvey Arden and Steve Wall national best seller, Wisdomkeepers - Meetings with Native American Spiritual Elders. Gabriel Horn is also a featured writer in The American Eagle, selected by former President George Bush Sr. as a Presidential Gift-of-State, who presented the book to the Queen of England. He is a contributing writer in A Circle of Nations: Voices and Visions of Native America. Other writings have appeared in Native People’s magazine and other national and international publications, and have been included in the anthology, Our Kinship with the Animals, featuring one of Gabriel’s heroes, world-renowned scientist, Jane Goodall. His essay, “Genocide of a Generation’s Identity,” is included in the anthology, Genocide of the Mind, also showcasing an introduction by the late Lakota scholar and author, Vine Deloria Jr. Most recently, Gabriel has written a story for a new Native American anthology, When Spirits Visit.              

One of his books for children, The Great Change, was honored at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts where he gave a performative reading. The Book of Ceremonies, New World Library, has been available for purchase at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC. Selected Who's Who Among America's Teachers four times, Gabriel Horn was presented with the Florida Space Coast Writers Guild's Award for 1996 as Distinguished Educator, Author, and Master Children's Writer. In 2009, he received the University of South Florida’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement. In 2012, he co-authored with his wife Amy, the 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Award winner for visionary fiction, Transcendence. In 2015, he was honored as Professor Emeritus at St. Petersburg College where he taught for twenty-two years, and won the bronze medal in the 2015 Florida Book Awards for Motherless. Among other awards, Motherless won for multicultural fiction, the 2016 International Book Award. Gabriel also received the 2016 Literacy Excellence Award from the Friends of Florida Mid County Library,                                         

Recently retired from teaching writing and literature, Gabriel Horn has also instructed young journalists for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. At other times he has taught graduate courses, and addressed audiences as an invited guest for colleges and universities across the country. In the mid 70’s, he was deeply involved in acquiring spiritual rights for Native American inmates in Stillwater State Prison and became the first man to carry a sacred Pipe into “the hole” so Indian men could pray. On different occasions, he had served as a wisdomkeeper for The Wisdomkeepers Program in North Carolina, where, in addition, he had co-founded and co-directed the first Native American Writers Camp for children on the Cherokee reservation. He has been a special guest on various local television programs, National Public Radio, MSNBC’s Time & Again, Wolf Mountain Radio for Peace International, and a record breaking listening audience on Gia Scott’s radio program, Dawn of Shades. In 2012, Gabriel Horn gave the opening dedication, “What It Means to be Indigenous on Columbus Day” at the Feathered Serpent Gallery in honor of Dia de la Raza. Recently, author, Jeannine Wiest, interviewed Gabriel on his novel MOTHERLESS for her radio seminar, Healing Your Mojo II. The multi award-winning MOTHERLESS has also been chosen as a book club selection and is now used in public school classrooms.  

For over 40 years, from reservation schools, to American Indian Movement (AIM) Survival Schools, to public schools, colleges, and universities, Gabriel Horn has unwaveringly advocated the academic respect due the history, literature, and philosophy of Native America. And, he has been advocate and activist for the spiritual rights of traditional Native peoples, as well as an outspoken defender of the natural world. He has helped raise his three children, is a grandfather, and for 15 years has been the life-partner of Amy Krout-Horn, an outstanding writer and person in her own right. He has been a teacher, and an eclectic writer, and now the last remaining elder member of the family of Princess Red Wing, Metacomet, and Nippawanock. He has stated upon occasion that his “mind, heart, and spirit will be forever Indigenous”. His Narragansett/Wampanoag uncles, Metacomet and Nippawanock, had written of Gabriel, saying; “We are proud of our nephew, for it is in blood as strong as his, that the words of the people ring on the land.”

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Created by Alexis Horn | 2016