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Welcome! Thanks for dropping by. Let me introduce myself. I'm a writer of poetry, journalism, op-eds, humor and Twitter posts. My work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Okey-Pankey, The Butter, Waxwing, The Offing, World Literature Today and Moss. My poetry collection “The Woman Who Married a Bear” (University of New Mexico Press) won the Kenyon Review’s Earthworks Prize for Indigenous Poetry and a Western Heritage Award. I have a memoir “Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s” forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press. And a collection of subversively comic poems "HORNS” is also forthcoming from Spokane’s Scablands Books.   

I have taught writing and composition for Northwest Indian College, I served as poet laureate for the small university city where I live, and was a humor columnist for Indian Country Today. This spring I am the 2019 Simons Public Humanities fellow for University of Kansas Hall Center for the Humanities. 

I am a citizen of The Standing Rock Sioux Nation, and allergic to horses and most outdoor recreation except for berry picking and the occasional frisky romp through a dewy meadow. I aspire to be the first Distinguished Writer in Residence at Seattle’s Space Needle.

Quick Facts:  * Sparkly personality. * Voted least likely to be impaled by Narwhals.*  Member of the club Raiders of the Lost Arch Support. * Ask me if I compost! * "Indigeneity" makes me think "giggity giggity." * Honey Crisp of apples. * Beading Between the Lines. * General mood: All kinds of somehow.



Available for author bookings, Reading appearances, sea vessel christening, snake whispering and evil clown exorcisms.

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