MARSHALL, Minn. – Adrian C. Louis, 72, made his journey to the Spirit World on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall.
Louis was born and raised in northern Nevada and is an enrolled member of the Lovelock Paiute Tribe. He is a graduate of Brown University where he also earned a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. From 1984 to 1997, Louis taught at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota. Prior to that, he edited four Native newspapers including The Lakota Times and later Indian Country Today and was a co-founder of the Native American Press Association, later changed to Native American Journalists Association.
Louis was a professor of English at the Minnesota State University in Marshall from 1999 to his retirement in 2014. He continued to lurk in the dystopian cornfields of southwestern Minnesota until his demise.
He has written twelve books of poems and two works of fiction: WILD INDIANS & OTHER CREATURES and SKINS, a novel, and many short stories. SKINS was produced as a feature film directed by Chris Eyre. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, had its theatrical release in 2002.
Louis has won various writing awards including Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lila Wallace- Reader’s Digest Foundation. Louis was elected to the Nevada Writer’s Hall of Fame in 1999, and was a finalist for the Poetry Prize at the Los Angeles Times Book Awards for 2006.
His 2006 collection of poems, LOGORRHEA (Northwestern University Press), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. THE BIBLE OF ADRIAN, a new, limited edition chapbook was only available directly from the author. In April 2018, his new full-length collection, ELECTRIC SNAKES,was published by The Backwaters Press.
Louis was a beloved uncle, brother, teacher and friend. He is survived by one uncle, ten brothers and sisters and many nieces and nephews in Nevada, California and South Dakota.
He is preceded in death by his mother, his brother Jerry and his beloved Colleen.
Graveside services were held for Louis on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at the Knight Family Cemetery in Batesland.