University of Calgary

L. Rain Prud'homme-Cranford

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Bio

Rain Prud’homme-Cranford (Rain C. Goméz) PhD iis an Assistant Professor of English and Affiliated Faculty, International Indigenous Studies at University of Calgary. A “FATtastic IndigeNerd,” she works within Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous Studies (literature; ecology; gender, two-spirit, and sexuality; Métis; Louisiana Creole; Red/Black Rhetorics; and critical mixed race ). Completing her monograph Gumbo Stories: Quantum Relation-Making and Decolonizing the Transnational South, she has begun research on her next project: "Remember the Red River Valley:" Transcontinental Red River Narratives of Métissage/Mestizaje & Indigenous Persistence. Critical and creative work can be found in The Southern Literary Journal, Louisiana Folklife, Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond (LSU P), Swamp Souths: Tracing Literary Ecologies (LSU P), Mississippi Quarterly, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Tidal Basin Review, Yellow 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. Her poetry collection Smoked Mullet Cornbread Crawdad Memory (MEP 2012) won the First Book Award from Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas and her second poetry book, Miscegenation Round Dance, is forthcoming. She is co-Executive Editor of That Painted Horse Press: A Borderless Indigenous Press of the Americas.

Research & Teaching Interests

Global Indigenous Studies 

Post-Contact Indigeneity and Community

Native-African/Red-Black/Creole Studies

Rhetoric/Indigenous Rhetorics

Indigenous STEM & Literary Theory

Ecology and Sustainability

Two-Spirit/Gender/Sexuality

Indigenous/Afro- Futurisms and Popular Culture

Cultural Studies

American Literature

Creative Writing (Poetry and Creative Non-fiction)

Selected Publications

Books:

Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Tracing Post-Contact Afro-Indigeneity and Community. Eds. Rain Prud’homme-Cranford, Andrew Jolivétte, Darryl Barthé, Carolyn Dunn—forthcoming—

Prud’homme-Cranford, Rain. Miscegenation Round Dance: Poèmes Historiques.—forthcoming—

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

OK . 2012.

Peer-Reviewed Articles/ Book Chapters:

Prud’homme-Cranford, Rain. "Post-Contact Peoplehood: Re-Defining Louisiana Creole Indigeniety." Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Tracing Post-Contact Afro-Indigeneity and Community. Eds. Rain Prud’homme-Cranford, Andrew Jolivétte, Darryl Barthé, Carolyn Dunn. —forthcoming—

Prud’homme-Cranford, Rain. "Ayou Komnsé: Louisiana Creole Land, Community, & Recognition. Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Tracing Post-Contact Afro-Indigeneity and Community. Eds. Rain Prud’homme-Cranford, Andrew Jolivétte, Darryl Barthé, Carolyn Dunn. —forthcoming—

Prud’homme-Cranford, Rain. "No Body Sings the Blues like a FAT Body." Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Tracing Post-Contact Afro-Indigeneity and Community. Eds. Rain Prud’homme-Cranford, Andrew Jolivétte, Darryl Barthé, Carolyn Dunn. —forthcoming—

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, 2018.

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, 2018.

Prud’homme-Cranford, Rain. "The Couleur of Roses: Méstizaje Historia de Tejas". Texas... to get Horses. That Painted Horse Press. Harrah, OK, 2018.

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.

 

Edited Works:

Editor. Texas to get Horses, by Kimberly G Weiser. That Painted Horse Press, Harrah,

OK. 2018 – forthcoming-

 Editor. Toledo Rez & Other Stories, by Thomas Parrie. That Painted Horse Press, Harrah,

OK. 2018 – forthcoming-

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.

 

Edited Journal Articles:

"Pin-up Pocahontas Princesses and Coming to Terms with my Fat Ass: A Mixed-Blood / Mixed-WordSurvival Guide." Yellow Medicine Review. Fall, 2011.

Books in Progress:

Gumbo Banaha Stories: Quantum Relation-Making Decolonizing the Transnational South. (signal author monograph)

 

"Remember the Red River Valley:" Transcontinental Narratives of Métissage/Méstizaje and  Indigenous Persistence. (signal author monograph)

 

 

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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