Lance Henson (Cheyenne/Oglala Lakota) is a poet who grew up in Oklahoma immersed in his Southern Cheyenne traditions. He is a member of the Native American Church, a headsman of the Dog Soldier Clan, and a Sun Dance participant. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts (now the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma) and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Tulsa.
Henson has published more than 20 books of poetry. His work has been translated into 25 different languages, and some poems are written in the Cheyenne language. After the release of Strong Heart Song: Lines from a Revolutionary Text (West End Press, 1997) which recounts his travels from 1986 to 1994, Henson left the United States to live in Italy. (lampbane)