His critically acclaimed novel Where the Dead Sit Talking, for which he received the National Book Award nomination, is set in rural Oklahoma during the late 1980s and follows two Native American teens’ experiences in the foster care system as they try to navigate relationships and their own emotional scars.
“[A] poignant and disturbing coming-of-age story. . . Hobson presents a painfully visceral drama about the overlooked lives of those struggling on the periphery of mainstream society.” —BOOKLIST
A member of the Cherokee Nation, Hobson received his B.A. in English at OKCU in 1992, and went on to earn a Master’s degree at University of Central Oklahoma and a PhD at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. He currently teaches English at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa. He has published many short stories in such respected literary journals as The Paris Review and Believer, has won a Pushcart Prize, and is the author of three previous novels, Desolation of Avenues Untold (2015), Deep Ellum (2014), and The Levitationist (2006).