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Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), resides in Qualla, NC. She holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. Her debut novel, Even As We Breathe (University Press of Kentucky) is scheduled to release in September 2020. Her first novel manuscript, “Going to Water,” is the winner of the Morning Star Award for Creative Writing from the Native American Literature Symposium (2012) and a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction (2014). After serving as executive director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Annette (National Board Certified since 2012) returned to teaching English and Cherokee Studies at Swain County High School. She serves on the board of trustees for the North Carolina Writers’ Network.


Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. A basketball, fully inflated
  2. Dunkin Donuts coffee in unhealthy quantities
  3. Gummy Bears, in unhealthier quantities
  4. A lined Daybook journal
  5. Quality pens of varying colors, grips, and tips
  6. Supportive friends (which naturally come with a glass of wine)
  7. Impromptu family Nerf wars, as long as I have the biggest weapon
  8. Sleep―deep and disorienting
  9. Noise-canceling headphones during the day and earplugs at night
  10. Dark chocolate―simple, rich, and easily accessible