Carter Revard grew up on the Osage Reservation in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Of Osage, Ponca, Irish, and Scotch-Irish heritage, Revard received his Osage name, Nompehwahteh (meaning “fear-inspiring”), from his grandmother in 1952. That same year, he became one of the first Native Americans to receive a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University in England. He later earned a PhD in English from Yale University. Revard has taught at Amherst College, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Tulsa, and the University of Oklahoma. A medieval scholar, he is notable for blending Western literary traditions and Native American culture in his poetry.
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"I learned that I had the ability to capture the attention of an audience and evoke emotion from them. When I recited my first poem in 9th grade for a mock POL class competition, I was incredibly shy and barely audible. But eventually I grew to love sharing the emotions poems gave me."