Elizabeth Archuleta is an assistant professor in Arizona State University’s Women and Gender Studies Program. She has published in New Mexico Historical Review, Studies in American Indian Literature, American Indian Quarterly, UCLA School of Law Indigenous Peoples’ Journal of Law, Culture and Resistance, Wicazo Sa Review, and has contributed to the edited volumes The National Museum of the American Indian: Critical Conversations and Simon J. Ortiz: A Poetic Legacy of Indigenous Continuance.
Eddie Chuculate’s debut collection of short stories is forthcoming in spring 2010 from Black Sparrow Books/David R. Godine Publisher in Boston. Creek and Cherokee Indian, he won an O. Henry Prize in 2007 (Anchor Books) with his story “Galveston Bay, 1826.” Other stories have appeared in Manoa, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Blue Mesa Review, and Many Mountains Moving. He held a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship at Stanford University and was graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.
Marlon Evans was of the Akimel/Tohono O’odham Indigenous People, a native of the tribal people of the Gila River Indian Community, and the Tohono O’odham Nation of the San Xavier district. With sad regret, Mr. Evans left this world on July 28, 2009, and will be remembered for his great poetry contributions. He was a featured poet in Red Ink Magazine in 2009. In 1975 he attended Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, and graduated with BS degrees in graphic arts. He earned his second BA degree from the University of Arizona in media arts and creative writing/poetry. He was also pursuing his master’s degree in American Indian studies at the University of Arizona. Marlon was a man of many talents: musician, marathon runner, hiker, and poet. Marlon loved music and had great aspirations of becoming a filmmaker.
Eric Gansworth (Onondaga) is Lowery Writer-in-Residence and professor of English at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. He is the author of eight books, including Mending Skins (PEN Oakland Award) and A Half-Life Of Cardio-Pulmonary Function (National Book Critics Circle’s “Good Reads List”). His work has appeared in Shenandoah, The Kenyon Review, Boston Review, and Third Coast, among others. His next novel, Extra Indians, will be published by Milkweed Editions in 2010.
Diane Glancy is professor emeritus at Macalester College. Her 2009 books are The Reason for Crows, a novel of Kateri Tekakwitha, a seventeenth century Mohawk converted by the Jesuits (SUNY Press), and Pushing the Bear: After the Trail of Tears (University of Oklahoma Press). She received a 2009 Expressive Arts Grant from the National Museum of the American Indian to write a play on the history of Indian education.
Joy Harjo’s most recent book of poetry is How We Became Human, New and Selected Poems. Her most recent music release is the award-winning Winding through the Milky Way. Forthcoming is a coming-of-age book, For a Girl Becoming, a memoir, and new music. Her first one-woman show with music, Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light, premiered in Los Angeles in March 2009.
Allison Adelle HedgeCoke was born between paternal oratory and sudden maternal madness, somewhere north of the condor and south of raven. She is the University of Nebraska–Kearney Endowed Reynolds Chair of Poetry and Writing. Her authored books include Dog Road Woman (American Book Award); Off-Season City Pipe, poetry from Coffee House Press; Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer, a memoir from the University of Nebraska Press; and Blood Run, a verse-play from Salt Publications. Fiction publications include Best American Fiction, Black Renaissance Noire, Indian Country Noir (Akashic), and Bombay Gin. She is Oendat, Tsalagi, French Canadian, Portuguese, Irish, Scot, English, Metis, and Creek descent and came of age cropping tobacco and working fields, waters, and in factories.
LeAnne Howe is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma — novelist, poet, and playwright. Her work has appeared in Fiction International, Callaloo, Story, Yalobusha Review, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere, and has been translated in France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and Denmark. In 2007 she appeared on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show in a news segment about sports mascots titled “Trail of Cheers.” In 2006-07, she was the John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi at Oxford. Currently she is a professor in American Indian Studies and teaches in the MFA program in English at the University of Illinois.
Daniel Heath Justice is a U.S.-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Currently associate professor of aboriginal literatures in the Department of English at the University of Toronto, Daniel lives with his husband, mother-in-law, and their dogs on the shores of Georgian Bay in Wendake (Huronia), the traditional homeland of the Huron-Wendat confederacy. He is author of Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokeee Literary History (University of Minnesota Press), as well as an indigenous fantasy series, The Way of Thorn and Thunder (Kegedonce Press). His current work includes a cultural history of badgers for Reaktion Books in the UK, and a collection of literary and cultural studies essays tentatively titled In Search of the Last Cherokee Princess: Literature, Belonging, Desire.
Angelica Lawson is an assistant professor in Native American Studies at the University of Montana in Missoula where she teaches literature and film. She is Northern Arapaho from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming and was the Charles Eastman Dissertation Fellow at Dartmouth in 2003. Her current research includes analyzing resilience and resistance in Native American and other indigenous films.
Adrian C. Louis is a professor of English in the Minnesota State University system. His 2006 collection of poems, Logorrhea (Northwestern University Press), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Bojan Louishas an MFA in creative writing from Arizona State University. He is a member of the Navajo Nation: Naakaii Dine’é (Mexican clan); Ashiihí (Salt clan); Ta’neezahnii (Tangle clan); Bilgáana (White man clan). This is his first poetry publication.
Evelina Zuni Lucero, Isleta/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, is the chair of the Creative Writing Department at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is author of Night Star, Morning Star, which won the 1999 First Book Award for Fiction from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. With Susan Berry Brill de Ramírez, Lucero coedited Simon J. Ortiz: A Poetic Legacy of Indigenous Continuance (University of New Mexico Press, May 2009), a collection of interviews, creative pieces, and critical essays focusing on the life and work of poet Simon J. Ortiz.
Janet McAdams is a consulting editor for The Kenyon Review.
Rainy Dawn Ortiz is a thirty-six-year-old Native writer whose first and foremost job is being a mother to five children. She was published in Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts in spring 2009.
Sara Marie Ortiz is a young Acoma Pueblo memoirist, essayist, scholar, poet, curator, and advocate. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Truman Capote Literary Fellowship and a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts (BFA, 2006) and Antioch University–Los Angeles (MFA, 2009).
Beth Piatote (Nez Perce) is assistant professor of Native American Studies at the University of California–Berkeley. Her research interests include Native American/Aboriginal literature, law, and culture in the U.S. and Canada; Native American and American cultural studies; and Niimiipuu (Nez Perce) language and literature. She has published work in journalism, literary criticism, and short fiction.
Christina Roberts is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Seattle University. As a woman of Gros Ventre (A’aninin) and Assiniboine ancestry, Christina focuses her writing, research, teaching, and service on the importance of indigenous narratives, especially for indigenous youth.
Leslie Marmon Silko was born in Albuquerque in 1948 and grew up at Laguna Pueblo where her father and family still reside. For the past thirty-one years she has lived in the Tucson Mountains with a number of parrots and dogs. Silko has been painting star maps and grasshopper beings in acrylics or tempera to aid her in completing the novel Blue Sevens. Her memoir of walks in the hills, rattlesnakes, and rain clouds, titled Turquoise Ledge, will be published by Penguin in the fall of 2010.
Travis J. Tanner is completing his PhD in the Department of Comparative Literature at University of California–Irvine. His dissertation, “Fetishism and the Native Subject,” brings together psychoanalysis and cultural studies to read indigenous texts from the Americas and the Pacific.
Dr. Christopher B. Teuton, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is associate professor of English at the University of Denver, where he teaches American Indian literature and Multicultural literature. Dr. Teuton is coeditor of Reasoning Together: the Native Critics Collective (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008) and author of Deep Waters: the Textual Continuum in American Indian Literature, forthcoming in fall 2010 by the University of Nebraska Press. Dr. Teuton is currently the Katrin H. Lamon Fellow at the School for Advanced Research on the Human Experience, where he is completing an edited collection of Cherokee oral traditional stories titled Stories of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club.
Mark Turcotte (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) is author of four poetry collections, including Exploding Chippewas (Northwestern University Press, 2002), and has been the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Literary Completion Grant. Recently, he served as 2008-09 Visiting Native Writer at the Institute of American Indians Art in Santa Fe. He lives and works from Chicago and Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Kade L.Twist is a poet and multidisciplinary artist working with video, installation, sound, text, and two-dimensional media. Twist’s work embeds contemporary indigenous narratives of cultural self-determination within a postcolonial landscape of neoliberalism, American popular culture, and consumerism. His visual art has been featured nationally and internationally in museum exhibitions. Twist received the 2007 Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award for his poetry manuscript, Amazing Grace. Twist is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
Jorge Antonio Vallejos is a Mestizo (Indigenous and Spanish) and Arab poet, essayist, and freelance journalist. His work has been published in Colorlines, This Magazine, Anishinabek News, Descant, Our Times: Canada’s Independent Labour Magazine, Toronto Star, XTRA!: Canada’s Source for Gay and Lesbian News, First Nations House Magazine, Redwire Magazine, Below the Belt Magazine, and Window. He created the first indigenous column at University of Toronto, “The Condor’s View,” and was editor in chief of the Window (2007-08). A recent graduate of University of Toronto, the author loves books, boxing, UFC, spicy food, and meeting new readers and writers.
Orlando White is the author of Bone Light (Red Hen Press, 2009). His poems have appeared in Bombay Gin, Salt Hill Journal, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, and They Are Flying Planes, a handmade poetry magazine out of Brooklyn, New York. Currently he is working on a second book of poetry, tentatively titled LET ERRS.