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MFA Faculty, Alumni, & Student News

 Faculty News




Fiction mentor Manuel Gonzales’ new novel, The Regional Office is Under Attack! is due out in April, 2016 by Penguin Random House.




Poetry mentor Joan Kane’s chapbook, The Straits, has been published by Voices From the American Land.




Poetry mentor Rachel Eliza Griffiths’ poem, “Good Death” is featured in the current issue of the American Poetry Review.




Fiction mentor Derek Palacio’s new book, The Mortifications, is due out in Fall 2016.




James Stevens presented at the 2015 Thinking Its Presence: The Racial Imaginary Conference on a panel called, “Borders and Tongues: How Translation Fractals Race.”




Elissa Washuta was featured on Montana Public Radio.





Ramona Ausubel’s new novel and collection have been acquired by Riverhead Books.  The novel will be out in 2016.


Chip Livingston’s poem, “Punta Del Este Pantoum” can be read on the Poetry Foundation website.Also, his essay, “The Psychic Dentist,” can be found on the online journal, Waxwing.




Melissa Febos’s current work can be seen in Story Quarterly,

Vida: Women in Literary Arts, Prairie Schooner, and The Kenyon Review.

Natalie Diaz


Natalie Diaz has been chosen a 2015-16 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University.

Alumni News

Celeste Adame

Celeste Adame has had poems in As Us, Yellow Medicine Review, and Hinchas de Poesia. Three poems are forthcoming in Congeries.

Crisosto  Apache

In November, Crisosto was invited to sit on a panel for the Denver Quarterly‘s 150th Anniversary Special Edition commemorating the Sand Creek Massacre to discuss his piece, “K’us  tádini tsąąbi’ (+2)”  [Thirty-eighty Necks (plus two)].  Crisosto was also featured in the Tribal College Journal (“X”), Toe Good Poetry (“Double Helix”), Yellow Medicine Review, and Hawaii Review (“Quadrants”). He has two poems forthcoming in Congeries, two poems forthcoming in Red Ink.

Paige Buffington

Paige Buffington has a poem forthcoming in Narrative Magazine and five poems forthcoming in Congeries.

Alice Rose Crow

Alice’s essays, “It is Juneteenth,” “Live,” and “Look and Then You’ll See Hawai’i” appeared in the September 2014 issue of Yellow Medicine Review “What Comes From Hitting Sticks” is featured in the Tribal College Journal, August 2014. “Lord Have Mercy for These Days,” and “Kaapaat” appear in River, Blood, and Corn. “Cal Lensink,” appeared in Camas in Winter 2015. Her essay “Thanksgiving” was a winner in Brevity‘s Holiday Smile contest and appeared on the Brevity blog. “A Whooping” appeared in Hinchas de Poesia. She was an April 2015 Resident Fellow at the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska.

Timothy Dorsey

Timothy Dorsey was a 2014 Lambda Literary Fellow in Creative Nonfiction. He will be the first Galway Kinnell fellow at a 2015 summer conference. He has poems out in Hinchas de Poesia and  forthcoming in Congeries.

Ramona Emerson

Ramona has work in Literary Orphans and Yellow Medicine Review.  She is also a 2013 recipient of the SWAIA Discovery Fellowship, the Edna Furber Fellowship for Women studying Creative Fine Arts, as well as the 2014 Best Student Film for “Hidden Talents” from Tribal College Journal. Her short film “Opal” was chosen for national screening on Comcast XFinity on Demand for the month of November.

Jamie Figueroa

Jamie was a recipient of a scholarship award for DISQUIET: Literary and Culture Exchange in Lisbon, Portugal (Summer 2014); the Scholastic Teaching Award for Fall 2013; and the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award (Fall 2013-Spring 2015).  Participating in Poetry Storm 3.0, she organized and hosted a reading with the Cut+Paste Society.  Jamie’s work has been featured in Epoch, Eleven Eleven, Hinchas De Poesia, As/Us, and Sin Fronteras.

Darlene Naponse

Darlene Naponse has a story in Yellow Medicine Review.

Penny Perkins

Penny is the winner of Beecher’s Magazine Fiction Contest 2014 for her short story, “Car Ride Through Corn Fields (1975).” Her creative non-fiction piece, “A Girl’s Mouth” was featured in the September issue of Hoax #10.  Penny’s flash fiction,  “I Am the Minotaur,” “Making the Cut,” and “Vampires at Dusk” appeared in Waxwing #5.

Teri Tibbett 

Teri has just completed a chapter entitled, “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as a Mitigating Factor in Alaska” for a book on the topic of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the legal system, to be published by Springer Publishing.

Student News

Jason Asenap

Jason published interviews with IAIA alums Tristan Ahtone and Micah Wesley in his column “Asenap in ABQ” for Indian Country Today.  Jason also acted in a new Blackhorse Lowe film to be screened at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York.  He is also working on a documentary with Tristan Ahtone for Al Jazeera America.

b: william bearhart

b: william bearhart has had poems in recent issues of PANK, Big Bell, Cream City Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Poetry City, USA, and Yellow Medicine Review. He has four poems forthcoming in Congeries.

Milton Bluehouse, Jr.

Milton has work in Yellow Medicine Review.

Chee Brossy

Chee Brossy has poems out in Sentence, Denver Quarterly, and Toe Good Poetry. He was a featured reader at Sunday Chatter in Albuquerque.

Dara Elerath

Dara Elerath has four poems forthcoming in Congeries. She was a winner in the Muse Times Two student poetry competition.

Millissa Kingbird

Millissa has work out in Yellow Medicine Review and Hinchas de Poesia. She has poems forthcoming in Red Ink and Congeries.

Sasha LaPointe

Sasha has an essay, “Blood Running,” in the current issue of Portland Review and work in Yellow Medicine Review. She is a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award recipient (Fall 2014-Spring 2016) and served as an intern at Copper Canyon Press.

David Lindblom

David is co-director, editor, and cinematographer of a series of short films. His work has garnered him an official selection in the Bolder Life Festival for work on Cheyanne’s Story, and his work for Jessica’s Story won for best LGBT film in late September at the 2014 Golden Door International Film Festival.  His 2013 film, Four Stories About Water, toured throughout the world with the traveling International Uranium Film Festival, and was an official selection of the International Uranium Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro in May of 2014.

Terese Mailhot

Terese’s short story, “Heartberries,” appears in Carve Magazine; “House Party” in The Yellow Medicine Review. An essay is forthcoming in Four Winds.

Kateri Menominee

Kateri Menominee was a winner in the first Muse Times Two College Poetry Prize and was invited to read her work at Collected Works Bookstore. Her chapbook, In Tongues, was published in Salt Press’s Effigies II, edited by Allison Hedge Coke.

Ruby Murray

Ruby‘s flash fiction has been selected for Yellow Medicine Review, Spring, 2014Her poetry has been selected for About Place Journal, 2014.  Ruby will also have an essay in Wild in the Willamette from Oregon State University Press, 2015.  Ruby attended a Fellowship Residency at Playa, Summer Lake, OR.  She also received a scholarship to the Palm Beach Poetry Festival to work with Maurice Manning. She’s been awarded residencies at the Sitka Island Institute, Jentel, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods,

Pat Natseway

Pat won “The Write Now” contest hosted by Flagstaff Live.

Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange has a story in Yellow Medicine Review.

Barbara Robidoux

Barbara Robidoux is the author of two books of poetry: Waiting for Rain (2007) and Migrant Moon (2012). Her poetry has been published in The Santa Fe Literary Review, Ribbons, American Tanka, Lynx and the Santa Fe Poetry Broadside. Her short story, “The Girl With Deer Eyes,” appeared in the Yellow Medicine Review. She also has a story in Denver Quarterly.

Helga Schimkat

Helga Schimkat’s essay “Coyote in the Crosshairs” appeared in Hinchas de Poesia.

Sable Sweetgrass

Sable Sweetgrass’s play Awowakii was selected to premiere on the closing night at this year’s Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival presented by Native Earth Performing Arts. She was also featured in Muskrat Magazine.

David Weiden

David Weiden’s short story, “Sourtoe,” appeared in Tribal College Journal. He presented a paper entitled “Red Noir: Examining the Possibilities for Indigenous Crime Literature” at the 2014 Native American Literature Symposium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.