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Eric L. Gansworth
2010 Distinguished Alumnus
Eric L. Gansworth • Class of 1986
Inducted October 16, 2010
Eric L. Gansworth, is many things to the literary and art world such as an Onondaga poet, novelist, playwright, artist, celebrated storyteller and now the 2010 NCCC Distinguished Alumnus. Gansworth, a Professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College and former NCCC faculty member was born and raised on the Tuscarora Indian Nation. His rich lineage serves as the inspiration and premise of his numerous poems, novels, plays and paintings.
Gansworth’s educational endeavors began in 1986 when he graduated from NCCC with an associate’s degree in applied sciences. He continued his education at the State University New York College at Buffalo where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in English. He went on to become a nationally acclaimed writer, artist and playwright publishing nine books, producing four plays and showing his art at numerous schools, libraries and galleries.
Some of his award winning work includes Mending Skins (2005), A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function (2008) and Extra Indians (2010). He has also been honored with awards and residency at The Seaside Institute, Institute for American Indians Arts Lannan Foundation, SUNY Diversity Grant Residency, College of Menonominee National Endowment for the Humanities all campus reading, Minnesota State Arts Board Author Tour Grant, PEN Oakland Award, National Book Critics Circle “Good Reads List” award.
Gansworth, a leader inside the classroom and out, currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and has served on the Arts Council of Buffalo and Erie County, New York State Council on the Arts Literature Panel and the Artists Advisory Committee for the New York Foundation for the Arts.