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Sherman Alexie

Fiction writer, poet, performer, screenwriter, and filmmaker Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene) is the author of 20 books, including, most recently, Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories from Grove Press; War Dances, stories and poems, from Grove Press; and Face, poetry, from Hanging Loose Press. He is the winner of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry, the PEN/Faulkner Award, National Book Award, PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and the American Book Award. He was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction. He is also a member of the IAIA MFA faculty. Sherman’s website

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Ramona Ausubel

Ramona Ausubel is the author of the novel No One is Here Except All of Us, winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award.  The novel was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a San Francisco Chronicle and Huffington Post’s Best Book of the Year.  Her new collection of stories, A Guide to Being Born, was also a New York Times Editors’ Choice and was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Story Award.  Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review Daily, One Story, The Best American Fantasy and shortlisted in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading.

 

Sherwin Bitsui

An IAIA MFA faculty member, Sherwin Bitsui is originally from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. He is Dine of the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tl’izilani (Many Goats Clan). He is the author of Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press, 2003) and Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press, 2009). His recent honors include a 2011 Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship and a 2011 Native Arts & Culture Foundation Arts Fellowship. He is also the recipient of a 2010 PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award, and a Whiting Writers Award. Sherwin’s website

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Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Gabrielle Calvocoressi’s first book, The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart (Persea Books, 2005), was shortlisted for the Northern California Book Award and won the 2006 Connecticut Book Award in Poetry. Her second collection, Apocalyptic Swing (Persea Books, 2009), was a finalist for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Calvocoressi’s awards and honors include a Stegner Fellowship, a Jones Lectureship at Stanford University and a Rona Jaffe Women Writers’ Award. Her poem Circus Fire, 1944 received The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Connors Prize. She teaches at the MFA programs at California College of Arts in San Francisco and at Warren Wilson College. She also runs the sports desk for the Best American Poetry Blog.

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Jon Davis

Jon Davis is IAIA’s MFA low residency Creative Writing Director. He is the author of five chapbooks and three full-length collections of poetry, Preliminary Report (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), Scrimmage of Appetite, for which he was honored with a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, and Dangerous Amusements, for which he received a G.E. Younger Writers Award and the Lavan Prize. He has also received two NEA Fellowships, a Lannan Residency, a Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, and a residency at Cill Rialaig in Ireland. He has taught at IAIA since 1990 and is currently Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate. Jon’s Blog

 

Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. An IAIA MFA faculty member, she is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in April of 2012.  She is the recipient of a 2012 Bread Loaf Scholarship; a Lannan Residency in Marfa, Texas; a 2012 Native Arts & Culture Foundation Arts Fellowship; and a 2012 Lannan Literary Fellowship. Natalie at Copper Canyon

    

Melissa Febos

Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010). Her work has been widely anthologized and has appeared in publications, including Glamour, Salon, Dissent, The Southeast Review, New York Times, Bitch Magazine, The Rumpus, Drunken Boat, Hunger Mountain, and The Chronicle of Higher Education Review. The recipient of two MacDowell Colony fellowships and a Bread Loaf William Sloan Fellowship in Nonfiction, Melissa teaches nonfiction in the Sarah Lawrence MFA Program, and has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, CNN’s Dr. Drew, and Anderson Cooper Live. Melissa’s website

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Santee Frazier

Santee Frazier is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Syracuse University. He is the recipient of various awards including: a Syracuse University Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship, and The School for Advanced Research Indigenous Writer in Residence. His poems have appeared in American Poet, Narrative Magazine, Ontario Review, Ploughshares, and other literary journals. His first collection of poetry, Dark Thirty, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2009. Santee’s website

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Linda Hogan

Writer in Residence for the Chickasaw Nation, Linda Hogan is an internationally recognized public speaker and writer of poetry, fiction, screenplay and essays. Her books include Rounding the Human Corners, a Pulitzer nominee; People of the Whale; Mean Spirit, a winner of the Oklahoma Book Award, the Mountains and Plains Book Award, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Solar Storms, a finalist for the International Impact Award, and Power, also a finalist for the International Impact Award in Ireland. WW Norton has published her fiction. In poetry, The Book of Medicines was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other poetry has received the Colorado Book Award, Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, an American Book Award, and a Lannan Fellowship. She has also received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, The Wordcraft Circle, and The Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association.

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Joan Kane

Joan Naviyuk Kane is Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska. She received a 2009 Whiting Writers’ Award for her first poetry collection, The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, published in its first edition by NorthShore Press Alaska and in its second edition by the University of Alaska Press. Her second book, Hyperboreal, was chosen as the winner of the 2012 AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry and is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She has received an individual artist award from the Rasmuson Foundation, a fellowship from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Native Writers on the Environment award, and a Literature Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Joan’s website

 

Chip Livingston

Chip Livingston is the mixed-blood Creek author of three books: two collections of poetry, Crow-Blue, Crow-Black (2012) and Museum of False Starts (2010); and a collection of short stories and creative nonfiction, Naming Ceremony (forthcoming, 2014). His writing has received awards from Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, and the AABB Foundation. Chip’s writing has appeared in the anthologies The People Who Stayed; Sing; Sovereign Erotics; and Dias de los Muertos. He has taught at the University of Colorado, University of the Virgin Islands, and Brooklyn College. Chip’s website

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Chris Merrill

Christopher Merrill has published six books of poetry, including Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; many edited volumes and books of translations; and five works of nonfiction, among them, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars and Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain. His latest prose book, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, chronicles his travels in Malaysia, China and Mongolia, and the Middle East, in the wake of the war on terror. His writings have been translated into 25 languages; his journalism appears widely; his honors include a knighthood in arts and letters from the French government. A member of the National Council on the Humanities and the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, he directs the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

 

Ken White

Ken White is a co-writer and co-producer of the feature film Winter in the Blood, adapted from James Welch’s novel of the same name. His current project is a screen adaptation of Debra Earling’s novel Perma Red, which he is attached to direct. He has written or co-written eight feature scripts, including Blight and The Wereman, as well as adaptations of Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther and the medieval Irish epic The Tain Bo Cuailgne – The Cattle Raid of Cooley. His poetry has appeared in The Boston Review, The Tusculum Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Versal, and Manor House Quarterly, among others. He is the author of one book of poems, Eidolon (Peel Press 2013).