Angie Trudell Vasquez received her MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts in May 2017. In 2016, she was a poetry panelist at Split This Rock! Her poems have been published most recently in the Cloudthroat, Yellow Medicine Review, Raven Chronicles, the San Diego Poetry Annual 2015-2016, Subtle Forces and Return to the Gathering Place of the Waters. She has work forthcoming in the Taos Journal of Poetry. Her short stories have appeared most recently in Rumpus online and Basta! 100+ Latina Against Gender Violence. She has her own press Art Night Books and will resume publishing others in 2018.
Byron Aspaas, Mentor
Byron F. Aspaas uses images of landscape, etched upon white space, with a voice of experience and travels. He is Diné. With a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Aspaas wishes to teach and works towards becoming a storyteller, as well as influence those along his literary journey. His work is scattered throughout journals and anthologies. Amongst those are: RedInk, Yellow Medicine Review, 200 New Mexico Poems, Weber: The Contemporary West, As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, Semicolon, The Denver Quarterly, International Writing Program Collections, The Rumpus, and CloudThroat. He is Red Running into the Water; born for Bitter Water. He resides with his partner, Seth Browder, their three cats and six puppies in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is working on a collection of essays.
Michael Wasson, Mentor
Michael Wasson is the author of This American Ghost (YesYes Books, 2017). His poems appear in American Poets, Beloit Poetry Journal, Drunken Boat, Kenyon Review, Narrative, Poetry Northwest, and Bettering American Poetry. He is nimíipuu from the Nez Perce Reservation in Idaho.
Jake Skeets, Mentor
Jake Skeets (Diné) is Black Streaked Wood, born for Water's Edge. He is an MFA candidate in Poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts Low-Residency MFA program. His work has appeared both online and in print. He is the founding editor of Cloudthroat, an online Indigenous journal of art and poetics. He currently organizes Pollentongue, a poetry salon and reading series that hosts poetry readings on reservations or near reservations in the southwest.He is currently living on the Navajo Nation.
Khairani Barokka, Mentor
Khairani Barokka is a writer, poet and artist in London. Among her honours, she was an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow and Vermont Studio Center’s first Indonesian writer-in-residence, and is a UNFPA Indonesian Young Leader Driving Social Change for arts practice and research. She has presented work extensively in ten countries, and is the recipient of six residencies and multiple grants. Okka is creator of works for the stage such as Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee, co-editor of HEAT: A Southeast Asian Urban Anthology (Fixi 2016) and Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches 2017), and author-illustrator of Indigenous Species (Tilted Axis 2016). Work is published in Poetry Review, The Rialto, The New Inquiry, Asymptote, and other journals, anthologies and art books. She is a member of the collective Malika's Poetry Kitchen and a PhD by practice researcher in Goldsmiths’ Visual Cultures Department. Rope (Nine Arches 2017) is her debut full-length poetry collection. http://www.khairanibarokka.com/
Casandra Lopez, Mentor
Casandra Lopez is a California Indian (Cahuilla/Tongva/Luiseño) and Chicana writer who has received support from CantoMundo, Bread Loaf and Jackstraw. She’s been selected for residencies with School of Advanced Research and Hedgebrook. Her chapbook, Where Bullet Breaks was published by the Sequoyah National Research Center and her second chapbook, After Bullet is forthcoming from Paper Nautilus. She’s a founding editor of As Us: A Space For Writers Of The World and teaches at Northwest Indian College.