Raised in the Southwest, Momaday graduated from the University of New Mexico and went on to Stanford where he won a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Scholarship. While at Stanford, he worked both with novelist Wallace Stegner and poet Yvor Winters. In 1969 Momaday's first novel, House Made of Dawn, received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His other books include The Names: A Memoir (1976), The Gourd Dancer (1976), The Ancient Child (1989), In the Presence of the Sun: Stories and Poems, 1961-1991 (1992), and a children's book, Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story (1994). In 1974 during a teaching visit to Russia, Momaday turned seriously to drawing and painting; since then he has illustrated many of his own books and has had highly acclaimed picture exhibitions throughout the United States.
A much sought-after speaker, Momaday will read from his own work, including poems from his forthcoming book In The Bear's House (1999). Dr. Momaday's appearance is sponsored in part through the support of the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.