Joseph David Damrell
Finnish North American Literature Association
Biographical Information

Joseph David Damrell was born on December 12, 1944, in Highland Park, Michigan. He
spent his growing-up years from 1945 to 1959 in Trinidad, Colorado, and 1959 to 1962 in
Tracy, California. His maternal grandparents (Polvi) were born in Vaasaa Lääni, Finland.

Damrell earned a BA from California State University at Sacramento, and an MA (1968) and
PhD (1972) from the University of California at Davis. He is married to XiZhu on August
18, 2004, in Miami, Florida. He has three children, Jean-Paul Marcel (1973), Maya Naima
(1982), and Erik Curtis (1984).

He is also a musician and plays the electric and upright bass. He has a CD entitled KAK-OLA
that is published by Ace/Big Beat in the UK.

In addition to writing, Joseph is a Professor of Sociology and Native American Studies at
Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.


Publications


Fiction

The Root Cellar. St. Cloud, MN: North Star Press of St. Cloud, 2008.
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Here.

Untamola Blues. St. Cloud, MN: North Star Press of St. Cloud, 2008.
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Here.

Billy Maki: A Novel of the Upper Peninsula. St. Cloud, MN: North Star Press of St. Cloud,
1995.

Gift: A Novel of the Upper Peninsula. St. Cloud, MN: North Star Press of St. Cloud, 1992.

Isaac Polvi: Autobiography of a Finnish Immigrant. St. Cloud, MN: North Star Press of St.
Cloud, 1991.




Other

Seeking Spiritual Meanings: The World of Vedanta. Beverly Hills and London: Sage
Publications, Inc., 1978.

Search for Identity: Youth, Identity, and Culture. Beverly Hills and London: Sage
Publications, Inc.
, 1977.