Billy J. Stratton
Billy J. Stratton is originally from Eastern Kentucky, the son of a coal miner. He earned a PhD in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona and currently teaches contemporary Native American/American literature, film, and critical theory in the Department of English and Literary Arts at the University of Denver. He writes in a variety of forms from literary and film criticism, to progressive literary journalism and fiction, with works appearing in various books, journals, and news outlets, including Oxford University Press, Routledge, The Hill, TIME, US News and World Report, Salon, Arizona Quarterly, Rhizomes, Wíčazo Ša Review, Transmotion, Cream City Review, and Big Muddy, among others, while also being a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the author of Buried in Shades of Night: Contested Voices, Indian Captivity, and the Legacy of King Philip's War and editor of The Fictions of Stephen Graham Jones: a Critical Companion. For the better part of the last decade he has had the distinct honor of working as a partner and consultant to Cheyenne and Arapaho Sand Creek descendent representatives and has been instrumental in bringing greater understanding of this horrific event with the DU community. Aside from these academic pursuits, he also loves music and travel, while getting out to Los Angeles every chance he gets.