Dr. Kimberly Wieser-Weryackwe (Ph.D., Baylor University, 2002) is a Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. Her areas of interest are American Indian Literature, Rhetoric, and Gender Studies; American Indian Creative Writing; American Indian Filmic Representation; Antiracism in the Academy; and Digital Humanities. Dr. Wieser-Weryackwe serves as one of the co-chairs for American Indian Caucus for National Council of Teachers of English/Conference on College Composition and Communication and as a Managing Editor at Constellations: A Cultural Rhetorics Publishing Space. In Spring 2024, Dr. Wieser-Weryackwe will serve as the Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Louisville. 


Dr. Wieser-Weryackwe is the author of Back to the Blanket: Recovered Rhetorics and Literacies in American Indian Studies (part of the Recovering Languages and Literacies of the Americas Initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; winner of the Louis Little Coon Oliver First Book Award for Prose 2004) published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2017. She was one of the co-authors of Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective (Oklahoma, 2008), named one of the most important books in her field in the first decade of the twenty-first century by NAISA. Her poetry collection Texas . . . to Get Horses was published by That Painted Horse Press in 2019. She was the recipient of a National Humanities Center Summer Fellowship (2020/deferred to 2022) for her manuscript in progress “War Began to Kindle and Was Cruelly Fought”: Historical Poems from The DeSoto Chronicles.


Subsequent to the murder of George Floyd, Dr. Wieser-Weryackwe co-edited four publications on antiracism in the discipline with Drs. Ersula Ore and Christina Cedillo—two NCTE/CCCC Cross-Caucus special issues Present Tense 9.2 and Composition Studies 49.2 and two NCTE/CCCC Cross-Caucus symposia, one in College Composition and Communication 74.2 and the other in Rhetoric Review 49.3. She recently edited a forthcoming special issue of College Composition and Communication with Dr. Cedillo and Dr. Rachel Jackson on Cultural Rhetorics. Dr. Wieser-Weryackwe is currently editing a special issue of Constellations: A Cultural Rhetorics Publishing Space with Dr. Cedillo and Dr. Ana Milena Ribero.


Dr. Wieser-Weryackwe serves as Principle Investigator for Continuing Comanche Culture: Culture as Making, Craft as Shared Story, serving with a team that includes Rance Weryackwe, Bill Endres, and Allison Steinmeyer, funded by a Library of Congress/American Folklife Center Community Collection Grant. The team will interview Comanche craftspeople about how craft informs how they make, not just what they make, photograph, 3D image and RTI photograph their objects, and curate these for interactive kiosk displays at Comanche Nation Museum and at OU. Wieser-Weryackwe also plans digital components for War Began to Kindle and Was Cruelly Fought, including an audiobook version that differs in content from the print versions and GIS mapping of the poems and audiovisual content onto DeSoto’s path itself. Finally, Wieser-Weryackwe is working on a prototype of her a narrative, choice-based video game, Ani Inklish Danawa, on the open access platform Twine. This game explores Cherokee rhetorics at the signing of The Treaty of Sycamore Shoals, March 14-17, 1775, on the Watuga River in Tennessee.


Wieser-Weryackwe has written and published individual poems, academic articles, and chapters in academic collections, short stories, book reviews, and reference entries. She is a playwright, screenwriter, and actress, with two of her most recent roles being on AMC’s The Son and in the independent film Thistle Creek.