Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw and an award-winning author and storyteller. His great-great grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835, and his paternal grandmother attended a series of rigorous Indian boarding schools in the early 1900’s. In 1993, Tingle retraced the Trail of Tears to Choctaw homelands in Mississippi and began recording stories of tribal elders. He received his Masters Degree in
English Literature at the University of Oklahoma with a focus on American Indian studies.
His first children’s book, Crossing Bok Chitto, garnered over twenty state and national awards, and was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Tingle was a featured author and speaker at the 2014 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., based on critical acclaim for How I Became a Ghost, which won the 2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award. In February of 2016, his novel House Of Purple Cedar won the American Indian Youth Literature Award.