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In-Na-Po, Indigenous Nations Poets, is a community committed to mentoring emerging writers, cultivating Indigenous literatures and poetics, supporting tribal languages and sovereignty, and raising the visibility of all Native writers.

Kimberly Blaeser

 

Biography

President

Kimberly Blaeser, writer, photographer, and scholar, served as Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2015-16. She is the author of five poetry collections—most recently the bi-lingual Résister en dansant/Ikwe-niimi: Dancing Resistance (2020), Copper Yearning (2019), and Apprenticed to Justice. Blaeser edited the anthology Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry, and her scholarly study, Gerald Vizenor: Writing in the Oral Tradition, was the first native-authored book-length study of an Indigenous author. A Professor of English and Indigenous Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and MFA faculty for the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, Blaeser is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation and grew up on the reservation. She is an editorial board member for the “American Indian Lives” series of the University of Nebraska Press and for the “Native American Series” of Michigan State University Press. She lives in the woods and wetlands of Lyons Township, Wisconsin, and for portions of each year, in a water-access cabin near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota.

Margaret Noodin

 

Biography

Vice President

Margaret Noodin received an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in English and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota. She is Professor of English and American Indian studies at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she also serves as the Associate Dean of the Humanities and Director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education. She is the author of Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and LiteratureWeweni and What the Chickadee Knows (Wayne State University Press) which are both bilingual collections of poetry in Anishinaabemowin and English. To hear her work, visit www.ojibwe.net.

Michael Wilson

 

Biography

Vice President

 

Selected Publications

Wilson, Michael D. “Reclaiming Self-Determination from the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975.” International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 25.7 905-912.Wilson, Michael D. “Bearheart: Gerald Vizenor’s Compassionate Novel.” Stories through Theory/Theory through Stories: Native American Indian Writing, Storytelling, and Critique 1. Ed. Henry, Jr, Gordon D., Soler, Nieves P., and Falquina, Silvia M. Michigan State University Press, (2009): 26.Wilson, Michael D. Writing Home: Indigenous Narratives of Resistance. 1. Michigan State University Press, 2008.

Joy Harjo

 

Biography

Joy Harjo, the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, is a member of the Mvskoke Nation and belongs to Oce Vpofv (Hickory Ground). Harjo is the author of nine books of poetry, including her most recent, the highly acclaimed American Sunrise (2019), and Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (2015), which was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize and named a Notable Book of the Year by the American Library Association. Her memoir, Crazy Brave, was awarded the PEN USA Literary Award in Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She has published two award-winning children’s books, several screenplays, anthologies, and collections of prose interviews, and three plays. She is Executive Editor of the recently released anthology When the Light of the World Was Subdued: a Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry. As a musician performing solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics, Harjo has produced five award-winning music albums including Winding Through the Milky Way, for which she was awarded a NAMMY for Best Female Artist of the year. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and holds a Tulsa Artist Fellowship. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jennifer Elise Foerster

 

Biography

Jennifer Elise Foerster received her PhD in English and Literary Arts at the University of Denver and her MFA from the Vermont College of the Fine Arts, and is an alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, a grant from the Aninstantia Foundation, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford. Jennifer currently teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop and is the Literary Assistant to theU.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo. She is the author of two books of poetry, Leaving Tulsa (2013) and Bright Raft in the Afterweather (2018), both published by the University of Arizona Press, and served as the Associate Editor of the recently released When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through, A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry. The daughter of an Air Force diplomat, Foerster grew up living internationally, is of European (German/Dutch) and Mvskoke descent, and is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. She lives in San Francisco.

Craig Santos Perez

 

Biography

Craig Santos Perez is an indigenous Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guahan (Guam). He is the author of five books of poetry, the co-editor of five anthologies, and the co-founder of Ala Press. He is a professor in the English department at the University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa.

Elise Paschen

 

LeAnne Howe

Biography

Elise Paschen, an enrolled member of the Osage Nation, is the author of The Nightlife, Bestiary, Infidelities (winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize), and Houses: Coasts. Her poems have appeared in When The Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, Best American Poetry, The New Yorker and Poetry, among other publications. She has edited numerous anthologies, including The Eloquent Poem as well as The New York Times best-selling Poetry Speaks. A co-founder of Poetry in Motion, Paschen teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Biography

LeAnne Howe is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She is the Eidson Distinguished Professor of American Literature in English at the University of Georgia. Howe is the author of novels, plays and poetry, and screenplays. She is the on-camera narrator for a 90-minute PBS documentary, Indian Country Diaries, Spiral of Fire, 2006, and producer and writer for the 56-minute Searching for Sequoyah, airing in 2021, her third film collaboration with Ojibway filmmaker and director James M. Fortier.

Howe’s awards include: the American Book Award, Western Literature Association’s 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award; the inaugural 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures; and a 2012 United States Artists Ford Fellowship, among others. During the Arab Spring, 2010-2011, Howe was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Jordan, Amman. Her book, Savage Conversations, Coffee House Press, (2019) is the story of Mary Todd Lincoln and the Savage Indian that Mary claimed tortured her nightly in 1875, which has been staged as a play in NYC, Seattle, and in Athens, GA.

Two major anthologies released in August are: Famine Pots: The Choctaw Irish Gift Exchange 1847-Present, Michigan State University Press, released in August 2020 co-edited by Howe and Irish scholar, Padraig Kirwan; and, When The Light of The World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, the ground breaking anthology covering two centuries of Native poetry, edited by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe, and Jennifer Elise Foerster. Both books appeared in August 2020. She is at work on a new book set in Stonewall, Oklahoma.

Jake Skeets
Biography

Jake Skeets is the author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, winner of the National Poetry Series. He is the recipient of a 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize, a Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship, an American Book Award, and a Whiting Award. He is from the Navajo Nation and teaches at Diné College.

Heid E. Erdrich

 

Biography

 

Heid E. Erdrich grew up in Wahpeton North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. Her new poetry collection Little Big Bully won a National Poetry Series award for 2020. Heid’s awards include a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship and she has twice won a Minnesota Book Award for poetry. Heid teaches in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program of Augsburg University. In 2021 she is the Glasgow Visiting Professor at Washington and Lee University. Heid edited the 2018 anthology New Poets of Native Nations from Graywolf Press. Her forthcoming poetry/mixed genre collection is Verb Animate, from Tinderbox Editions in 2021.

 

 

 

Cedar Sigo

 

Biography

 

Cedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. He is the author of eight books and pamphlets of poetry, including Language Arts (Wave Books, 2014), Stranger in Town (City Lights, 2010), Expensive Magic (House Press, 2008), and two editions of Selected Writings (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003 and 2005). He has taught workshops at St. Mary’s College, Naropa University and University Press Books. He is currently a mentor in the low residency MFA program at The Institute of American Indian Arts. He lives in Lofall, Washington.

 

 

Denise Low

Biography

Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09, is winner of the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Choice Award for Shadow Light. Other recent books are a memoir, The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival (U. of Nebraska Press), A Casino Bestiary: Poems (Spartan Press), and Jackalope (Red Mountain Press). With Ramon Powers she co-authored Northern Cheyenne Ledger Art by Fort Robinson Breakout Survivors (U. of Nebraska Press). She founded the Creative Writing Program at Haskell Indian Nations University, where she taught and was an administrator. Low is past board president of the Associated Writers and Writing Programs. She has won 3 Kansas Notable Book Awards and recognition from the the National Endowment for the Humanities, Sequoyah National Research Center, Poetry Society of America, The Circle -Best Native American Books, Roberts Foundation, Lichtor Award, and the Kansas Arts Commission. Low has an MFA from Wichita State U. and Ph.D. from Kansas U. She teaches for Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies. She has Lenape – Munsee heritage. She recently relocated to Sonoma County, California and lives on Tsuno Mountain. www.deniselow.net

Janet McAdams

 

Biography

 

Janet McAdams’ books include The Island of Lost Luggage, Feral, Red Weather, and the chapbook Seven Boxes for the Country After. With Geary Hobson and Kathryn Walkiewicz, she edited the anthology The People Who Stayed: Southeastern Indian Writing After Removal. She is the founding editor of Salt Publishing’s Earthworks Series of Native American Poetry. Of Scottish and Mvskoke (Creek) descent, she grew up in Alabama and now lives in Ohio. She teaches at Kenyon College, where she is the Robert P. Hubbard Chair in Poetry.

 

 

 

Laura Tohe

 

Biography

Laura Tohe is Diné, Sleepy-Rock People clan and born for the Bitter Water People clan. She is the current Navajo Nation Poet Laureate. She has written 5 books and her work has appeared in the U.S., Canada, Chile, and Europe. Her commissioned librettos, Enemy Slayer, A Navajo Oratorio and Nahasdzáán in the Glittering World, made their world premieres in Arizona and France, respectively. Among her awards are the 2020 Academy of American Poetry Fellowship; 2019 American Indian Festival of Writers Award; Arizona Book Association’s Glyph Award for Best Poetry and Best Book; and was nominated for the Pushcart Award. She is Professor Emerita with Distinction from Arizona State University.

 

 

 

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