University of Calgary

Rain Prud'homme-Cranford

  • Assistant Professor

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Bio

Rain Prud’homme-Cranford (Dr. PC, previously Goméz Ph.D.): Reads too much, drinks too much black tea, and watches too much speculative fiction. Dr. PC's home department is English, she is also Affiliated Faculty, International Indigenous Studies/Political Science, and Indigenous Student Access Program at the University of Calgary. Dr. PC specializes in Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous literature; BIPOC Rhetorics; Fat Studies; STEM within rhetoric, writing, and culture; Gender, Two-Spirit, and Sexuality; Landbase & Ecocriticism; and Southern literature and culture. Dr. PC's current research publications include Post-Contact Indigeneity and méstizaje within Gulf Creole culture; Indigenous, Afro-Indigenous, and BIPOC/Ethnic Studies; Fat/Obesity and gender; and Critical race theory. Her books include Smoked Mullet Cornbread Crawdad Memory (MEP 2012, as Rain C. Goméz); Miscegenation Roundance: Poèmes Historiques (2021 Mongrel Empire Press); and the co-edited collections Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Afro-Indigeneity and Community (University of Washington, Fall 2021) and Indians, Oil, & Water: Indigenous Ecologies and Literary Resistance (TPHP Fall 2021). Her monograph Gumbo Stories: Rhetorics and Quantum Relation-Making in the Creole South is under contract and she has begun two new monograph projects: “Nobody Loves a FAT Girl”: Obesity, Obsession, Exile, and the Largeness of Literary Resistance; and Gather at the River: Spiritual Ecologies in Red/Black Literatures. Research in progress includes the academic work “Keep on Singing for the Good Times:“ Tracing Transcontinental Literary Tributaries & Méstizaje/Métissage Persistence; the creative/theory work “I oughta know about lonely girls:” Essays on Body, Fat, Love, & Place; and a third poetry and original art & photography collection entitled Epidermal Journal: The Body Poems

A FAT-tastically queer disAbled Creole IndigeNerd, Rain is a singer-songwriter-poetess, artist, and editor.  Rain is the Executive Editor and Publisher of That Painted Horse Press, a borderless Indigenous/BIPOC non-profit publishing house. Critical and Creative work can be found in Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond (LSU P); Swamp Souths: Tracing Literary Ecologies (LSU P); The Southern Literary Journal; Louisiana Folklife; Mississippi Quarterly; American Indian Culture and Research Journal; Anomaly JournalTidal Basin ReviewYellow Medicine Review, World Literature Today, Plume, Sing: Indigenous Poetry of the Americas, Bulbancha is Still a Place: Indigenous Culture from New Orleans, and many others. 

Research & Teaching Interests

Indigenous Studies 

Louisiana Creole Studies

Post-Contact Indigeneity & Community (Louisiana Creole/Mestizo/Métis/Latinx/Freedmen)

African American/Canadian and African diaspora

Fatness, disAbility, & Wellness Studies

American Literature & Multimodal Culture

BIPOC Literatures, Rhetorics, & Cultures

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) & Literary Theory

Ecocriticism and Sustainability

Two-Spirit, Queer, Gender, and Sexuality

BIPOC Futurisms and Popular Culture

Cultural Rhetorics

Creative Writing (Poetry, Short Story, Essay, & Creative Non-fiction)

Selected Publications

Books:

Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Afro-Indigeneity and Community.Eds. Rain Prud’homme-Cranford, Andrew Jolivétte, Darryl Barthé, (winter 2021, University of Washington Press)

Indians, Oil, & Water: Indigenous Ecologies and Literary Resistance, Eds: Kimberly G. Wieser and Rain Prud’homme-Cranford (winter TPHP 2021)

Miscegenation Round Dance: Poèmes Historiques, Rain Prud’homme (Spring 2021, Mongrel Empire Press)

Smoked Mullet Cornbread Crawdad Memory: Collected Poems & Recipes, Rain C. Goméz (Mongrel Empire Press, 2012)

Peer-Reviewed Articles/ Book Chapters:

Prud’homme-Cranford, Rain. "Post-Contact Peoplehood: Re-Defining Louisiana Creole Indigeniety." Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Post-Contact Afro-Indigeneity and Community. Eds. Rain Prud’homme-Cranford, Andrew Jolivétte, Darryl Barthé (2021, University of Washington Press)

Prud’homme-Cranford, Rain et al. "Ayou Komnsé: Louisiana Creole Land, Community, & Recognition." Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Post-Contact Afro-Indigeneity and Community. Eds. Rain Prud’homme-Cranford, Andrew Jolivétte, Darryl Barthé, (2021, University of Washington Press)

Prud’homme-Cranford, Rain. "No Body Sings the Blues like a FAT Body." Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Post-Contact Afro-Indigeneity and Community. Eds. Rain Prud’homme-Cranford, Andrew Jolivétte, Darryl Barthé (2021, University of Washington Press)

Prud’homme-Cranford, Rain et al. "Nouzot Kréyol: Louisiana Creole Peoplehood or All Our Relations Resisting Settler Violence andIndigenous Erasure." Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Tracing Post-Contact Afro-Indigeneity and Community. Eds. Rain Prud’homme-Cranford, Andrew Jolivétte, Darryl Barthé (2021, University of Washington Press)

Prud’homme-Cranford, Rain. “Summoning Swamp Songs: Decolonizing Creole-Indigenous Textual Tributaries.” Swamp Souths: Literary and Cultural Ecologies. Eds. Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood, Kirstin Squint, and Anthony Wilson. LSUP, 2020. 91-115.

Prud’homme-Cranford, Rain. “From Bayou to Academe: A Story of Alliance Making.” The Mississippi Quarterly: New Voices in Southern Studies Special Issue. Fall. (2015), 2017. 

Goméz, Rain Prud’homme C. "Crossin’ the Log: Death, Regionality, and Race in Jeremy Love’s Bayou." Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture. Eds. Eric Gary Anderson, Daniel Turner, and Taylor Hagood. Louisiana State Un Press. 2015. 211-223.  

Cranford Goméz, Rain P. “Hachotakni Zydeco’s Round’a Loop Current: Indigenous, African, & Caribbean Mestizaje in Louisiana Literatures.” The Southern Literary Journal: Gulf Coast Special Issue. XLVI, no. 2, Spring. 2014. 88-107.

Goméz, Rain C. “Sassafras Stories Digging for Roots: Louisiana Indigeneities in Literary Expressions.” Louisiana Folklife Journal.  Winter. 2012/13.

Cranford-Goméz, L. Rain. “Brackish Bayou Blood: Weaving Mixedblood Indian Creole Identity Outside the Written Record.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal. 32, no. 2, 2008. 93-108.

Lesson Plan Articles/ Text Curriculum (Peer edited):

Cranford Gomez, Dr. Rain Prud'homme. "Unfree Men: Slavery among Southeast Indian Nations." Native Daughters Oklahoma: Text Book and Lesson Plans. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2016.  

----"Red, Black, and White All Over: African/Native Relations in Indian Country: Oklahoma and Beyond." Native Daughters Oklahoma: Text Book and Lesson Plans. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2016.

----"Who Are the Freedmen?: Identity, Citizenship, and Racism." Native Daughters Oklahoma: Text Book and Lesson Plans. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2016.

Technical Writing:

Prud’homme-Cranford, Rain PhD. “Affidavit: Choctaw Matrilocal Society and Importance of Hair Culturally.” District Court of Cleveland County: State of Oklahoma. No. FD-2013-921; 2016.

Editor and Publisher Creative Works:

Editor. Tales of Mountain and Sea, by Dania Idriss. That Painted Horse Press, Harrah, OK OK/Calgary AB. 2021 

Editor. An Inquest Every Sunday, by Edythe Hobson. That Painted Horse Press, Harrah, OK OK/Calgary AB. 2021 

Editor. Exile Heart, by Kim Shuck. That Painted Horse Press, Harrah, OK/Calgary AB. 2021. 

Editor. mother of chaos: queen of the nines, by Kelly Clayton. That Painted Horse Press, Harrah, OK OK/Calgary AB. 2020  

Editor. Texas to get Horses, by Kimberly G Weiser. That Painted Horse Press, Harrah, OK/Calgary AB. 2019.

Editor. Toledo Rez & Other Stories, by Thomas Parrie. That Painted Horse Press, Harrah, OK/Calgary AB. 2019.

Editor. The Stains of Burden and Dumb Luck, by Carolyn M Dunn. Mongrel Empire Press, Norman, OK. 2017. 

Editor. A Thousand Horses Out to Sea, by Erika Wurth. Mongrel Empire Press, Norman, OK. 2017.

Journal Articles/Chapters:

Prud’homme-Cranford, Rain. "The Couleur of Roses: Méstizaje Historia de Tejas". Texas... to get Horses. That Painted Horse Press. Harrah, OK, 2019.

Books in Progress:

Critical:

Gumbo Stories: Rhetorics and Quantum Relation-Making in the Creole South (monograph) 

“Nobody Loves a FAT Girl”: Obesity, Obsession, Exile, and the Largeness of Literary Resistance (monograph) 

Gather at the River: Spiritual Ecologies in Red/Black Literatures (monograph)

Red/Black Social Justice Beyond #s: Rhetorical Agency from the Jeremiad to R&B (edited collection)

“Keep on Singing for the Good Times:“ Tracing Transcontinental Literary Tributaries & Métissage/Méstizaje Persistence (monograph).

 Creative:

Epidermal Journal: The Body Poems

“I oughta know about lonely girls:” Essays on Body, Fat, Love, & Place

OKC Diaries: Short Stories

 

 

Degrees

  • PhD - English; Specializations: Native American Studies and Critical Mixed Race
    University of Oklahoma, 2014
  • MA - American Studies; Specializations American Indian Studies and American Indian Rhetorics
    Michigan State University, 2005
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