EARLING is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation. She
teaches at the University of Montana in Missoula. She grew up in Spokane and earned her BA at the University of Washington in Seattle and her MFA from Cornell,
where she was a Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellow from 1988-91. She was the
first public defender in the tribal court system and is 1 of 15 American
writers nationwide selected to participate in the National Millennium Survey
Project which will showcase 35 photographers and 15 writers in a major museum
project that will tour 7 US cities as well as Europe and Asia from 2002-2005.
Her work has appeared in Ploughshares and Northeast Indian
Quarterly and in numerous anthologies, including: Reinventing the
Enemy's Language; Song of the Turtle; Wild WOmen: COntemporary Short Stories Celebrating Women; Circle of
Women; Talking Leaves: An Anthology of Contemporary Native American Short
Stories (Craig Lesley, ed); The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology.
PERMA RED is her first novel.