Carter Meland

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A tall, left-handed man of White Earth Anishinaabe heritage, a father of two and spouse of one, Carter Meland was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, teaches in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and writes in-and sometimes about-Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Meland received his Ph.D. in American Studies with a thesis that examined the role of trickster figures in the works of contemporary Native novelists, and since then he has gone on to publish articles, stories, and poems in journals and books like Studies in American Indian Literatures, Yellow Medicine Review, Seeing Red: Hollywood's Pixeled Skins, and Sudden Storm: A Wendigo Reader. He has taught in the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus since the fall of 1999. Through reflection and engagement with the values and spirits embedded in Anishinaabe teachings, his fiction and essays explore questions about what it means to have Anishinaabe heritage, as well as examining the lives and perspectives of other-than-human beings like Misaabe (a/k/a Sasquatch) and the cannibalistic wiindigoo. In his work, Meland wonders what the world would look like if the ethical and ecological values found in the teachings of Indigenous peoples were moved to the center of our discussions of what we want our society to become, but he also knows that this ideal is not worth a good gosh darn if it's not set within a compelling narrative. From beginning to end, he strives to tell good, emotionally resonant stories. His recently published novel, Stories for a Lost Child, explores these themes and ideas through a moving coming-of-age story about a teenaged girl seeking to understand what it means to be Anishinaabe.

Educational Background & Specialties


  • American Indian Literature; creative writing
  • Stories for a Lost Child. Meland, Carter, Michigan State University Press, Author, 2017. Image