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Evelina Zuni Lucero

Evelina Lucero

Evelina Lucero. Photo by Julien McRoberts.

Evelina Zuni Lucero (Isleta/San Juan Pueblo) is a much-published journalist and an author of novels and short stories.


Evelina earned a B.A. in Communications from Stanford University, where she majored in journalism and took courses in American literature and creative writing. She also holds a M.A. in English from the University of New Mexico.

Major Professional Activities

She was as a journalist for a number of years, writing for tribal and national Indian news publications.

Her short fiction has appeared in various journals and anthologies, such as Kenyon Review, Oregon Literary Review, Blue Mesa Review, Northeast Indian Quarterly, Returning the Gift Anthology, and Women on Hunting.

She is working on a second novel on Indian gaming, which incorporates historical imagination, political observations, and elements of mythical realism.

Selected Publications and Awards

Co-editor, Simon J. Ortiz: A Poetic Legacy in Indigenous Continuance
Night Sky, Morning Star
(Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2000), recipient of the 1999 Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award for Fiction
“The Stories He Lives By,” (essay) Tribute to Simon Ortiz, Studies in American Indian Literatures, 16.4 (Winter 2004).
“Christmas Pure and Simple” (nonfiction) Native Peoples, 27.3 (2004): 42.
Recipient of Ata’a’xum Fellowship for Native American artists, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, June 2004
Civitella Ranieri Fellow, International Writers Residency at the Civitella Ranieri International Artist Center, Umbertide, Italy, Sept 6-Oct 11, 2004
Reading, Women’s Brown Bag, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, April 18, 2005.
Co-editor A Spring Wind Rising with Susan Brill de Ramirez, a volume of critical essays, and creative writing on Acoma Pueblo poet Simon J. Ortiz, University of New Mexico Press, projected publication 2006.
Co-editor Pueblo Anthology with Acoma poet, Simon Ortiz, a collection of essays, fiction, poetry and drama by Pueblo writers.
Novel-in-Progress, Sovereign Seven (working title).

Teaching Statement

” Teaching at a college with a Native-centric focus has given me the privilege to work with talented Native (and non-Native) students interested in the literary arts. It is exciting to watch students grow both in craft, and in their personal development. We need more Native writers to tell our stories and to counter entrenched stereotypes, and misconceptions of Indians. We need Native professionals to teach at all levels. We need more Native journalists, scriptwriters, and playwrights. I hope to show students the career options that are open to those with writing skills and a creative spirit. “


Evelina Lucero
Chair, Creative Writing IAIACore Faculty
Work Phone: (505) 424-5708
Categories: Uncategorized
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