Alison Owings

Author, 'Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans'

Alison Owings is the author of three oral-history based books, including "Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans" (Rutgers), a survey of what a wide variety of Native people have to say about contemporary life, and say with passion and humor. People interviewed include members of the following tribal nations: Hopi, Iroquois (Haudenosaunee), Kiowa, Lakota, Lemhi-Shoshone, Lumbee, Navajo, Ojibwe, Osage, Passamaquoddy, Pawnee, Penobscot, Yakama, Yup’ik, Yurok and a Hawai’ian.

Alison's other books include "Hey, Waitress! The USA from the Other Side of the Tray," comprised of profiles of American waitresses across the country, from high ends to low ends, from Chez Panisse to the Great American Waffle House. The work for which Alison is best known, it being a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year,” is "Frauen: German Women Recall the Third Reich."
Alison worked for years in television news, beginning at ABC in Washington, DC. Alison and her husband live in Northern California.