Delaney Keshena

Delaney Keshena is an enrolled citizen of the Menominee Nation based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They’re pursuing a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts, focusing their studies in poetry and ceramics.

Fidel Estevanio Frank

“Diné Nishłį́. Kinya'áanii nishłį́, Tódích’íi’nii báshíshchiin, Tábąąhá dashíchei, Tł’ááshchí’í dashínáłí.” Fidel is Diné. His clan is Towering House clan. He is born for Bitter Water. His maternal grandfather’s clan is Water’s Edge and paternal grandfather is Red Bottom People. He founded a community group called Diné Introspective in 2016 while being the first member to complete his time at Shiprock AmeriCorps. He has been volunteering at the Healing Circle Drop-In Center (located also in Shiprock) since 2013. He helps with community events like Restoring and Celebrating Family Wellness when he is not in school or paying for bills. He is an advocate using multimedia artforms for mental health issues, LGBTQ, eating disorders, and preserving Diné k’éjí. He is the photographer for Łizhin/Łigai Photography. His photography was featured in Narrative Witness 2016 (international art exchange of Native Peoples in United States and Australia). Fidel learns from k’é: family and friends.

Debbie Haddow

Debbie Haddow is a Thai lesbian author and poet in her first year of IAIA’s MFA program, an enthusiastic nerd by nature. In 2019, she graduated from IAIA with her BFA in Creative Writing.  She writes in many genres, but her favorite is fantasy, her inspiration drawn from the magical and mythological. Writing is what inspires her to keep living, to capture the beauty in every situation and to speak for the struggles with mental illness that she and many others face. She has been published in IAIA’s 2018 and 2019 anthologies, Chrysalism and Celestial Refractions, as well as The Santa Fe Literary Review, Haiku Journal and The Tribal College Journal–Student website as an honorable mention in its 2020 Student Writing Competition.

Teklu Hogan

teklu is crow/frog clan.

Paige Hannan

Paige Hannan is a Shinnecock Native from humid and green Long Island. They are a creative writer in the undergrad program at IAIA. Their pieces tend to focus on themes of romance, survival, and adventure. Previously published in earlier anthologies, their work returns to the latest publication under "the things we carry" with the two poetry pieces "11:17" and "Gardens Ghosts and Gods oh my" and their latest fiction work "Closure at the Blue Cat". In these pieces the readers can find that the speakers and characters are carrying things like trauma, fear, and love, and how it affects them.

Rebekkah Autaubo

Rebekkah Autaubo is a tribal member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. She is a life-long poet and a fan of Patti Smith. Rebekkah appreciates people who do not shy away from calling things out for what they are. She is a creative writing major at the Institute of American Indian Arts. However, Rebekkah plans to further her education at a different university – eventually establishing herself among other published poets. She uses her experiences as a Native American woman as an influence to tell her story through poetry and other writings. Rebekkah comes from a family of talented, devoted, and inspirational people – especially her father, who has always encouraged her writings and artistic pursuits.

Debon Redd Victor

My name is Debon Redd Victor, I prefer Redd but at the same it doesn’t matter. I started writing in high school in my junior year. I remember the books I read back then that made me want to write. The Alchemist is one of those books, I remember spending class hours and even times at home just reading the book. I don’t know how I came upon the book, just that one day it found itself into my hands. I can really only write during class time, whether it to deal with boredom or it is the only time I feel like I need to write, I don’t know. Anyways, now I feel like I can create any world, or at least set up the world for something greater. The only problem is getting to that greater status and going beyond the set up. I think for now though I’ll continue to set up stories until I can find that spark again to dive deep into a story.

Vivian Carroll

Vivian Carroll (Cherokee Nation) is an MFA candidate in IAIA’s Creative Writing Program. She recently won the 2020 Tribal College Journal’s Student Edition Top Entry in Poetry, with Tommy Orange serving as guest editor. She is forever grateful to have written a winning essay that allowed her to be a part of IAIA’s contingent to Washington D.C. to attend the Suzan Shown Harjo Symposium at the Smithsonian Nation Museum of the American Indian, and to be present at the Library of Congress to hear the inaugural reading of U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo. She thanks the student editors of IAIA’s anthology from 2016 to the present day for permitting her work to speak from the anthologies’ pages.

KamiJo Karmell Whiteclay

My name is KamiJo Whiteclay, I am a proud member of the Apsaalooke (Crow) Nation located in South Eastern Montana. I am currently I am a first year student at IAIA studying in the Indigenous Liberal Studies Department. I write poetry as a way to communicate the complex thoughts and feelings within myself. My written prose and poetry is inspired by growth, healing, women-empowerment, and traditional Apsaalooke values.