Rain Prud'homme-Cranford, PhD
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Doctor of Philosophy English Literature (Emphasis: Indigenous Studies/ Creole Studies/ Critical Mixed Race), University of Oklahoma, 2014
Master of Arts American Studies (Empahsis; Indigenous/Ethnic Studies/ BIPOC Rhetorics), Michigan State University, 2005
Bachelor of Arts English; Minors: Comparative Theology; Creative Writing, Seton Hill University, 2001
Rain Prud’homme-Cranford (Dr. PC, previously Goméz Ph.D.): Reads too much, drinks too much black tea, and watches too much SF/Fantasy/SpecFic. Dr. PC's home department is English, she is also Affiliated Faculty, International Indigenous Studies / Political Science, and Indigenous Student Access Program at the University of Calgary. Dr. PC specializes in Global Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous Cultural Studies; BIPOC Rhetorics/Literatures; Fat/Body/Aesthetic Studies; STEM within rhetoric, writing, and culture; Gender, Two-Spirit, and Sexuality; Landbase & Ecocriticism; and U.S. Southern literature and culture. Dr. PC's current research and publications include Post-Contact Afro-Indigeneity and méstizaje within Gulf Creole cultural formations; Fat/Obesity and gender/sexuality; and Critical Mixed-race theory. Her books include Smoked Mullet Cornbread Crawdad Memory (MEP 2012, as Rain C. Goméz); Miscegenation Roundance: Poèmes Historiques (2021 Mongrel Empire Press); and the co-edited collections Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Afro-Indigeneity and Community (the University of Washington, 2022) and Indians, Oil, & Water: Indigenous Ecologies and Literary Resistance (TPHP Winter 2022). Her monograph Gumbo Stories: Rhetorics and Quantum Relation-Making in the Creole South is under contract and she has begun two new monograph projects: “Nobody Loves a FAT Girl”: Obesity, Obsession, Exile, and the Largeness of Literary Resistance; and Gather at the River: Spiritual Ecologies in Red/Black Literatures. Research in progress includes the academic work “Keep on Singing for the Good Times:“ Tracing Transcontinental Literary Tributaries & Méstizaje / Métissage Persistence; the creative/theory work “I oughta know about lonely girls:” Essays on Body, Fat, Love, & Place; and third poetry and original art & photography collection entitled Epidermal Journal: The Body Book.
A FATtastically queer (dis)Abled poet-scholar-teacher-musician-artist centering her Louisiana Creole culture, she is grateful to live and work on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot (Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai) Nations, the T'suu Tina, the Stoney Nakoda, and Métis Region III peoples. Rain is also the Executive Editor and Publisher of That Painted Horse Press, a borderless BIPOC non-profit p.o.d. publishing house. Critical and Creative work can be found in several edited collections, journals, and magazines, such as Undead Souths: Swamp Souths: Tracing Literary Ecologies (LSU P); The Gothic and Beyond (LSU P); Anomaly Journal; World Literature Today, Plume, Bulbancha is Still a Place: Indigenous Culture from New Orleans, and many others.
Areas of Research
Louisiana Creole Cultural Studies
Global Indigenous Studies
Fatness, disAbility, & Wellness Studies
Ecocriticism and Sustainability
Two-Spirit, Queer, Gender, and Sexuality
Post-Contact Indigeneity & Community (Creole / Méstizo / Métis / Latinx / Freedmen / Filipinx)
African American/Canadian and African diaspora
American Literature & Multimodal Culture
BIPOC Literatures, Rhetorics, & Cultures
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) & Literary Theory
BIPOC Futurisms and Popular Culture
Creative Writing (Poetry, Short Story, Essay, & Creative Non-fiction)
|Course number||Course title||Semester|
|ENGL 251 LEC 08 08||Literature and Society||2020|
|ENGL 251 TUT 08 T08||Literature and Society||2020|
|ENGL 309 LEC 01 01||Literature and the Environment||2021|
|ENGL 493 LEC 01 01||Global Indigenous Literatures||2021|
|ENGL 60549 SEC 01 S01||Topics National/Transnt'l Lit||2020|
|INDG 50302 LEC 01 01||Adv Topic Int'l INDG||2020|
|POLI 72304 LEC 02 02||Spec Topics Political Science||2020|
- Graduate Student Conference Grant Award, Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL). 2014
- Provost Certificate of Distinction in GA Teaching, University of Oklahoma. 2014
- First Book Award Poetry, Native Writers' Circle of the Americas. 2010
- SW/TX PCA Area Chair Award, Conference on Popular Culture. 2007
- Intern of the Year, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. 2005
- Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Afro-Indigeneity and Community . Rain Prud’homme-Cranford, Andrew Jolivétte, Darryl Barthé. University of Washington Press. (2021)
- Miscegenation Round Dance: Poèmes Historiques. Rain Prud'homme-Cranford. Mongrel Empire Press. (2021)
- Smoked Mullet Cornbread Crawdad Memory: Collected Poems & Recipes. Rain Gomez (Prud'homme-Cranford). Mongrel Empire Press. (2012)
- Gumbo Stories: Rhetorics and Quantum Relation-Making in the Creole South . Rain Prud'homme-Cranford. entering contract.
- “‘Shell shaking sisters and chain cries blues’ : Creole Tidalectics & Echolocative Self-Reflexive Rhetorical Praxis”. Rain Prud'homme-Cranford and Carolyn Dunn. Native American Poets: Doing Theory, Methodology, Pedagogy.
- "Summoning Swamp Songs: Decolonizing Creole-Indigenous Textural Tributaries". Prud'homme-Cranford Rain. Swamp Souths: Literary and Cultural Ecologies. 91-115. (2020)
- "No Body Sings the Blues like a FAT Body". Prud'homme-Cranford R; A Jolivette; Prud'homme Cranford Rain; D Barthe; C Dunn. Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Afro-Indigeneity and Community (University of Washington Press). (2020)
- "Ayou Komnsé: Louisiana Creole Land, Community, & Recognition.". Rain Prud'homme-Cranford; A Jolivette; D Barthe; Andrew Jolivette; . Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Afro-Indigeneity and Community. (2021)
- "Post-Contact Peoplehood: Re-Defining Louisiana Creole Indigeniety". Prud'homme-Cranford Rain. Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Afro-Indigeneity and Community (University of Washington Press). (2021)
- "Crossin' the Log: Death, Regionality, and Race in Jeremy Love's Bayou". E Anderson; Prud'homme-C Gomez; T Hagood; D Turner. Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond (Louisiana State UN Press). 211-223. (2015)
- "The Couleur of Roses: Méstizaje Historia de Tejas". Rain Prud'homme-Cranford. Texas...to get Horses (That Painted Horse Press). vii-xiv. (2019)
- "Nouzot Kréyol: Louisiana Creole Peoplehood or All Our Relations Resisting Settler Violence and Indigenous Erasure.". Rain Prud’homme-Cranford, Andrew Jolivétte, Darryl Barthé. Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Afro-Indigeneity and Community. (2021)
- “From Bayou to Academe: A Story of Alliance Making.” . Rain Prud'homme-Cranford. Mississippi Quarterly: New Voices in Southern Studies Special Issue. (2017)
- “Hachotakni Zydeco’s Round’a Loop Current: Indigenous, African, & Caribbean Mestizaje in Louisiana Literatures.” . Rain P.C. Gomez. The Southern Literary Journal: Gulf Coast Special Issue. (2014)
- Indians, Oil, & Water: Indigenous Ecologies and Literary Resistance. Kimberly Wieser and Rain Prud'homme-Cranford. That Painted Horse Press: The Janet Ravare Colson Peer-Reviewed Literary Series.
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