Keynote Speakers

 

dianagabaldonDiana Gabaldon (it’s pronounced “GAA-bull-dohn”—it rhymes with”bad to the bone”)
is the author of the award-winning, #1 NYT-bestselling Outlander novels, described by Salon magazine as “the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D.with a background in scripting “Scrooge McDuck” comics.” A scientist with a Ph.D. in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology and a specialty in scientific computation, Gabaldon jumped the academic rails in1991, when the adventure began with the classic Outlander, and has continued through seven more New York Times-bestselling novels, with twenty-seven million copies in print worldwide, in 42 countries and 38 languages.(Gabaldon has also written The Exile: an Outlander graphic novel, several novels of a best-selling sub-series of historical mysteries featuring Lord John Grey, and The Scottish Prisoner, featuring both Lord John and Jamie Fraser, plus a number of novellas, the two-volume non-fiction Outlandish Companion and “I Give You My Body…”(How I Write Sex Scenes)). STARZ has created a popular original television series based on the books, also called Outlander—filmed in Scotland and presently sold in more than 90 territories.

 

williamtrowbridgeWilliam Trowbridge holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M. A. in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. In April, 2012, he was appointed to a two-year term as Poet Laureate of Missouri.
His poetry publications include six full collections: Put This On, Please (Red Hen Press, 2014), Ship of Fool (Red Hen Press, 2011), The Complete Book of Kong (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2003), Flickers, O Paradise, and Enter Dark Stranger (University of Arkansas Press, 2000, 1995, 1989). He has also published three chapbooks, The Packing House Cantata (Camber Press, 2006), The Four Seasons (Red Dragonfly Press, 2001), and The Book of Kong (Iowa State University Press, 1986). His poems have appeared in more than 30 anthologies and textbooks, as well as in such periodicals as Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, The Georgia Review, Boulevard, The Southern Review, Columbia, Colorado Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Epoch, and New Letters. He has given readings and workshops at schools, colleges, bookstores, and literary conferences throughout the United States. His awards include an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Pushcart Prize, a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship, a Camber Press Poetry Chapbook Award, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Ragdale, Yaddo, and The Anderson Center. He is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University, where he was an editor of The Laurel Review/GreenTower Press from 1986 to 2004. Now living in Lee’s Summit, MO, he teaches in the University of Nebraska low-residency MFA in writing program. He is married to Sue, and they have three children: Jennifer, Sean, and Randy; and three grandchildren: Ben, Will, and Alice. His interests are reading, travel, motorcycling, wine tasting, fine dining, and trying to keep the damn rabbits out of the hibiscus.

 

Participating Authors

 

mattbellMatt Bell is the author of the novels Scrapper and In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, the story collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall, and a non-fiction book about the classic video game Baldur’s Gate II. His writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Tin House, Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, and many other publications. Born in Michigan, he now teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.

 

justinJustin Bigos is the author of the poetry chapbook Twenty Thousand Pigeons (iO Books, 2014). His poems have appeared in magazines including Ploughshares, New England Review, Indiana Review, and The Gettysburg Review; his fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Best American Short Stories 2015, McSweeney’s, Ninth Letter, Memorious, and The Seattle Review; and his nonfiction has appeared in The Collagist. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he teaches creative writing at Northern Arizona University.

 

dexterboothDexter L. Booth is the author of Scratching the Ghost (Graywolf Press, 2013), which won the 2012 Cave Canem Poetry Prize selected by Major Jackson and was a Finalist for the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in Poetry, as well as a finalist for the 2014 L.A. Leimert Park Book Fair’s Jessie Redmon Fauset Award. Booth is included in the anthology The Best American Poetry 2015 (edited by Sherman Alexie) and his poems appear in Blackbird, The Southeast Review, Ostrich Review, Grist, Willow Springs, Bat City Review, Virginia Quarterly, and other publications. Booth is currently a PhD candidate and Provost Fellow at the University of Southern California.

 

michealacarterMichaela Carter’s poetry has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. Her debut novel, Further Out Than You Thought, published by William Morrow, was an Indie Next, Arizona Republic Recommends, and AZ Central’s pick for 2014. L.A. Magazine called it “a glittery, smoke-encrusted Proustian madeleine.” In 2012, she cofounded the independent bookstore Peregrine Book Company in Prescott, Arizona. For more of her work, visit her website.

 

seancarswellSean Carswell is the author of the six books (Drinks for the Little Guy, Glue and Ink Rebellion, Barney’s Crew, Train Wreck Girl, Madhouse Fog and The Metaphysical Ukulele). He co-founded the independent book publisher Gorsky Press and the music magazine Razorcake. His writing has appeared in such diverse places as the skateboarding magazine Thrasher, tiny ‘zines like Zisk, prestigious literary journals like The Southeastern Review and The Rattling Wall, and peer-reviewed journals like Critical Sociology and The Journal of American Culture. He is an assistant professor of writing and literature at California State University Channel Islands.

 

anncumminsAnn Cummins is the author of the story collection, Red Ant House, and novel, Yellowcake. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere, and have been anthologized in various series, including Best American Short Stories and Best of McSweeney’s. She’s the founder and former curator of NPR/KNAU Radio’s Southwest Book Reviews. A graduate of Johns Hopkins and the University of Arizona writing programs, she’s on the creative writing faculty at Northern Arizona University.

 

danadiehlDana Diehl earned her MFA in Fiction from Arizona State University, where she served as editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review. She has taught English and Creative Writing at ASU, the National University of Singapore, and the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence. She currently teaches Humanities at Basis Tucson Primary. Her debut short story collection was published by Jellyfish HIghway Press in 2016.

 

rosemarydombrowskiRosemarie Dombrowski is the founder of Rinky Dink Press (a publisher of micropoetry), an editor at Four Chambers, and the co-founder and host of the Phoenix Poetry Series (now in its 9th year). Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in Hartskill Review, Stonecoast Review, Thrice Fiction, Anthro/Poetics (an anthology of cultural writings), and elsewhere. She has received four Pushcart nominations and was a finalist for the Pangea Poetry Prize in 2015. Her collections include The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press, 2014) and The Philosophy of Unclean Things (Finishing Line Press, fall 2016). She’s a Senior Lecturer at Arizona State University’s Downtown campus where she serves as the faculty editor of the undergraduate writing journal and teaches courses on radical poetics, women’s lit, and creative ethnography.

 

Jared Duran is Editorial Director for Four Chambers and the creator and host of Limited Engagement, an arts and culture interview series. He is also a writer, whose poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Gargoyle, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Up the River, The Suisun Valley Review, Spilled Milk, Black Napkin, and others. A classically trained neurotic and living room guitarist, he once played guitar on stage with Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze.

 

garyeveryGary Every is the author of 9 books and has been published over 1500 times in various literary journals, magazines, and newspapers. He has won journalism awards for stories such as Losing Geronimo’s Language and The Apache Naichee Ceremony articles which were included in his book The Shadow of the OhshaD. As a science fiction writer he has been nominated for the Rhysling award for years best science fiction poem 5 times and has two novellas available The Saint and the Robot as well as Inca Butterflies. His most recent book is a collection of short stories titled Mariachi Skull: The confessions of the only gringo in a Mexican kitchen. Mr. Every has been a performing poet and professional storyteller for almost two decades.

 

JenniferFoersterJennifer Elise Foerster is the author of Leaving Tulsa, published by the University of Arizona Press in 2013. A Mvskoke citizen, Jennifer is an alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She has received a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, and is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Denver.

 

Jake Friedman is the founder and Editor in Chief of an independent community literary magazine and small press called Four Chambers. He also: did pretty well in college but does not feel the need to talk about it, it’s been 5 years; works in a restaurant but complains about it and should consider a change; writes poetry and prose but does not spend a lot of time publishing, you’ll have to take his word on it; recently completed an internship with the Arizona Commission on the Arts; enjoys mid-century vintage furniture, jazz (particularly bebop), and cooking. He hopes this does not make him sound like a hipster / cliche.

 

dagobertogilbDagoberto Gilb is the author of, most recently, Before the End, After the Beginning. His previous books are The Flowers, Gritos, Woodcuts of Women, The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña, and The Magic of Blood. He also has edited Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature and Mexican American Literature: A Portable Anthology. Gilb’s fiction and nonfiction have been honored by Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, a Whiting Writers’ Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and as a finalist for both the PEN/Faulkner and National Book Critics’ Circle awards. His work has appeared in a wide range of magazines, including Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Threepenny Review, Zyzzyva, The Nation, and many others.

jimgoarJim Goar was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He studied at the University of Arizona, Naropa University, and, most recently, the University of East Anglia. He is the author of The Dustbowl (Shearsman Books, 2014), The Louisiana Purchase (Rose Metal Press, 2011), Seoul Bus Poems (Reality Street, 2010), and the chapbook, Whole Milk (Effing Press, 2006). His poems have been published in Harvard Review, Cimarron Review, Poetry Wales, LIT, OmniVerse, Cream City Review, and in the anthology Dear World and Everyone in it: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe Books, 2013). He interviews authors at the Conversant and edits the journal past simple.

 

melissagoodrichMelissa Goodrich received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona. Her stories have previously appeared in Gigantic Sequins, PANK, Artful Dodge, The Kenyon Review Online, American Short Fiction, and others, and her first collection of stories is DAUGHTERS OF MONSTERS, published by Jellyfish Highway Press.

 

 

tgreenwoodT. Greenwood is the author of ten novels. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maryland State Arts Council. Two Rivers was named 2009 Best General Fiction Book at the San Diego Book Awards, and Grace received the same award for 2012. Five of her novels have been BookSense76/IndieBound picks. Bodies of Water, was a 2014 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. Where I Lost Her was released in February 2016 and was a Globe & Mail bestseller in Canada. She teaches creative writing for San Diego Writer’s Ink, Grossmont College, and online for The Writer’s Center. She and her husband, Patrick, live in San Diego, CA with their two daughters. She is also an avid photographer. More information on T. Greenwood can be found at her website.

 

tomholmTom Holm,an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation from Oklahoma, has been involved in American Indian education and Native veterans’ affairs for over forty years. He was a member of the Cherokee Nation’s Sequoyah Commission. Holm served with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and was a professor of American Indian Studies and Political Science at the University of Arizona, 1980-2009. Tom also served on two Native American related commissions for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the 1980s. In 1996, his book Strong Hearts, Wounded Souls was a finalist for the Victor Turner Prize. His book The Great Confusion in Indian Affairs, was released by the University of Texas Press in 2005. Warriors and Code Talkers: Native Americans in World War II, a book for high school-aged youths, was published in 2007. Holm’s first novel, The Osage Rose, appeared in 2008. Anadarko, its sequel, was released in 2015. He and his wife, Ina, have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren and live in Tucson, Arizona.

 

theresahowellTheresa Howell, one of Flagstaff’s literary champions once helped upstart the local children’s book publisher Rising Moon, an imprint of Northland Publishing. Over the years, she has become an author of her own with great bilingual books, incredible stories and her latest, Scout Moore, Junior Ranger. Theresa is traveling all the way from Denver to appear at the Northern Arizona Book Festival, and it’s a welcome-home moment for her to return to town.

 

billkonigsbergBill Konigsberg is the award-winning young adult author of three novels. His most recent novel, The Porcupine of Truth, won the Stonewall Book Award in 2016, made the YALSA’s 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and was on Booklist’s Best of 2015 list and the ALA’s 2015 Rainbow List. Openly Straight won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, and was a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award and Lambda Literary Award in 2014. It also made YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults List, the TAYSHAS List as a top ten title, the ALA’s Rainbow List, and was a Teens’ Top Ten nominee. His debut novel, Out of the Pocket, won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. It also made the ALA’s Rainbow List. Bill is an Assistant Professor of Practice at The Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, where he coordinates and teaches in the Your Novel Year online certificate program. Prior to turning his attention to writing books for teens, Bill was a sports writer and editor for ESPN.com and The Associated Press. He lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck, and their Australian Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford. Visit Bill’s Facebook and Twitter.

 

lindakranzLinda Kranz is a local treasure of the children’s literature realm. She has written colorful, educational and thoughtful books for kids that have become deeply beloved. The top-selling titles include Only One You, You Be You, Love You When and Where I Belong. A number of them involve Linda’s rock art work, where she brings to life her characters with vibrancy. She also creates several interactive books and titles, including kids’ journals, adults’ journals, craft books and bilingual books. We’re thrilled to catch her during a break in her busy schedule to have her a part of this year’s Northern Arizona Book Festival.

 

susanlangSusan Lang is the author of four novels, a trilogy published by University of Nevada Press about a woman homesteading in the southwestern wilderness during the years 1929 to 1941. The first novel in the trilogy, Small Rocks Rising, won the 2003 Willa Award and she was awarded a 2008 Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts for her fourth novel, The Sawtooth Complex, published by Oak Tree Press. Lang’s short stories and poems have been published in magazines such as Idaho Review, Red Rock Review, Iris, The Raven Review, and Alligator Juniper. She founded and directed the Southwest Writers Series and Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing at Yavapai College. Currently, Lang is Faculty Emeritus at Yavapai College, teaches courses at Prescott College, and serves as Event Coordinator at the Peregrine Book Company in Prescott, Arizona.

 

lawrencelenhartLawrence Lenhart studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh and holds an MFA from the University of Arizona. His first essay collection is the The Well-Stocked and Gilded Cage (Outpost19). His prose appears in Alaska Quarterly Review, Fourth Genre, Greensboro Review, Gulf Coast, Passages North, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. He has won the biennial LaVerne Harrell Clark Award in Fiction, Prairie Schooner’s Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing, and Terrain’s Annual Nonfiction Award. Lenhart is a professor of fiction and nonfiction at Northern Arizona University and a reviews editor and assistant fiction editor of DIAGRAM. His current projects include a book-length essay about the black-footed ferret, a book of apocryphal biographies from 39 small island states, and a hybrid novel-memoir about Bangladesh and Ireland, respectively.

 

juanamartineznealJuana Martinez-Neal is a mixed media, traditional artist and author born in Lima, the capital of Peru. In 2012, she was the SCBWI Los Angeles Conference Portfolio Showcase Grand Prize Winner. Her latest book, La Madre Goose (Putnam), written by Susan Middleton Elya, was released in July. Alma, her debut picture book as an author illustrator, will be published by Candlewick Press in Spring 2018.

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nicolemcinnesNicole McInnes is about to make waves as a young adult author with her latest book, 100 Days. It tells the story of Agnes, a girl with Progenia. It causes accelerated aging, and, in high school, she is nearing the end of her life. Despite her challenges, she’s helped along by her friend Moira. The two of them cross paths with an old friend turned foe, Boone, who turns out to not be all he seems. McInnes also is author of Brianna on the Brink and is a Northern Arizona University graduate.

 

amynicholsAmy K. Nichols is the author of the YA science fiction Duplexity series (Now That You’re Here and While You Were Gone), published by Knopf Books for Young Readers. She is a mentor and Teaching Associate with the Your Novel Year program at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and served as the Spring 2016 Writer in Residence for the Glendale Public Library. Insatiably curious, Amy dabbles in art and quantum physics, and has a long list of things to do before she dies. She lives with her family outside Phoenix, AZ.

 

simonortizSimon Ortiz, poet, fiction writer, essayist, and storyteller, is a native of Acoma Pueblo and is the author of numerous books, including Beyond the Reach of Time and Change, The Good Rainbow Road, Out There Somewhere, Men on the Moon, From Sand Creek, After and Before the Lightning, Speaking for the Generations, Woven Stone, and Earth Power Coming. He has received national and international recognition, including the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers Award, Lannan Foundation’s Artists in Residence Fellowship, “Returning the Gift” Lifetime Achievement Award, WESTAF Lifetime Achievement Award, and, most recently, the Golden Tibetan Antelope Prize for International Poetry. He lives in Tempe, Arizona, where he is a Regents Professor in the English Department at Arizona State University.

 

dougpeacockDoug Peacock, a disabled Vietnam veteran and Green Beret medic, was the real-life model for Edward Abbey’s George Washington Hayduke. He has published widely on wilderness issues ranging from grizzly bears to buffalo, from the Sonoran desert to the fjords of British Columbia, from the tigers of Siberia to the bluesheep of Nepal. His books include Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness, ¡Baja!, Walking It Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle of War and Wilderness, and The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fates of Men and Bears (co-authored with Andrea Peacock). Peacock was named a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and a Lannan Fellow in 2011 for his work on about archaeology, climate change and the peopling of North America, published in 2013 as In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: Global Warming, the Origins of the First Americans, and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene. Sabertooth won the 2014 High Plains Book Award in the Science category. Doug co-founded the Wildlife Damage Review, Vital Ground and Round River Conservation Studies. He is chairman of the board of directors for Round River, which works with indigenous people and governments in Africa, North, South and Central America to develop region-wide conservation strategies protecting and enhancing intact ecosystems. For his service in Vietnam, Doug was awarded Soldier’s Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and the Bronze Star. He lives in Emigrant, Montana.

 

williamrootBill Root grew up in the still paradisical world between the Gulf and the Everglades where alligators and egrets were among his earliest gods. Ever since, he’s lived mostly among the mountains and deserts of the West. He served as first poet laureate for Tucson while commuting weekly to and from Manhattan to teach at Hunter College. Prior to entering academia full-time he moved between writer-in- residencies at Amherst, NYU, Interlochen, and work in factories, a shipyard, and periods on communes, stints as a bouncer, and underground in a copper mine. Settled now in the Colorado Rockies he travels here and abroad to give readings, teach workshops and make photographs in Sweden, Israel, Macedonia, Viet Nam, South Africa, England, India. The most recent of Root’s collections are Strange Angels: New Poems and Sublime Blue: Early Odes of Pablo Neruda. C.K. Williams has said “Root’s poems contain a kind of natural truth sorely lacking not only in contemporary poetry but in our lives.” Barry Lopez has written “Root’s poems break winter’s back.” And Naomi Shihab Nye has declared “Root’s voice is sinew, blood, and bone—the well-muscled body carrying light—a gift of passion containing whole landscapes and legacies.” Translated into 20 languages, broadcast on BBC and Voice of America, his poems appear in more than 100 anthologies and in litmags including New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly and Poetry. That work has received grants from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, National Endowment for the Arts, a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford, three Pushcarts, and so on. Currently poetry editor of Cut Throat, a Journal of the Arts, he enjoys reading, hiking, heading out in his old Land Cruiser with a dog or two, a map, a camera, and a trusty repair kit for his inflatable kayak.

 

marysojournerMary Sojourner’s new short story collection, The Talker, comes out from Torrey House Press in March 2017. She is the author of three novels: Sisters of the Dream, Going Through Ghosts and 29; the short story collection, Delicate, essay collection, Bonelight: ruin and grace in the New Southwest, Bonelight: rituals of loss and desire<.em>; two memoirs, She Bets Her Life and Solace. She reviews books for KNAU’s Southwest Reviews. She’s the author of op eds and columns for High Country News, Yoga Journal, Writers on the Range, Matador Network and dozens of other publications. She was chosen as a Distinguished Writer in Residence in 2007 by the Virginia C. Piper Center for Creative Writing, ASU. She believes in both the limitations and possibilities of healing. Writing is the most powerful tool she has found for doing what is necessary to mend -oneself and the greater world.

 

erinErin Stalcup is the author of And Yet It Moves (Indiana University Press, 2016). Her fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Sun, PANK, Hinchas de Poesía, and elsewhere, and her creative nonfiction has appeared in The Laurel Review, The Sakura Review, and STIR. Erin received her MFA from Warren Wilson College’s Program for Writers, and later served as the Joan Beebe Fellow at Warren Wilson. After teaching in community colleges, universities, and prisons in New York City, North Carolina, and Texas, she is now faculty at her alma mater, Northern Arizona University, in her hometown of Flagstaff.

 

midjistephensonMidji Stephenson, a former librarian and teacher, grew up in rural Montana enjoying the outdoors with her sisters and brother and listening to her parents tell stories. She now lives in Tucson, Arizona, spending time exploring the Southwest and writing, as well as telling, stories. Her best known stories include Whose Tail on the Trail?, set at Grand Canyon National Park and a canyon bookstore bestseller, as well as The Ravenous Raven.

 

pamuschuckPam Uschuk has howled out six books of poems, including Crazy Love, winner of a 2010 American Book Award, Finding Peaches In The Desert (Tucson/Pima Literature Award), and Wild In The Plaza Of Memory (2012). Her Without The Comfort Of Stars: New And Selected Poems, was published by Sampark Press in New Delhi. A new collection of poems, Blood Flower, appeared in 2015.Translated into more than a dozen languages, her work appears in over three hundred journals and anthologies worldwide, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Agni Review, Parnassus Review, etc. Uschuk has been awarded the 2011 War Poetry Prize from Winning Writers, 2010 New Millenium Poetry Prize, 2010 Best of the Web, the Struga International Poetry Prize (for a theme poem), the Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the National League of American PEN Women, the King’s English Poetry Prize and prizes from Ascent, Iris, and Amnesty International, Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Editor-In- Chief of Cutthroat, A Journal Of The Arts, Uschuk lives in Tucson, Arizona. Before becoming a professor, Uschuk taught poetry to indigenous students throughout Montana and in Southwest Arizona. She has taught at Pacific Lutheran University, Marist College, Salem College (where she was the Director of the Center for Women Writers, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Fort Lewis College, University of Arizona Writing Works, Uschuk is often a featured writer at the Prague Summer Programs. In 2011, she was the John C. Hodges Visiting Writer at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In fall of 2016, she’ll teach at the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center, and in 2017, she’ll be featured writer at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu. She’s working on a multi-genre book called The Book of Healers Healing; An Odyssey Through Ovarian Cancer.

 

milesMiles Waggener is the author of three poetry collections: Phoenix Suites (The Word Works, 2003), winner of the Washington Prize; Sky Harbor (Pinyon Publishing, 2011); and Desert Center (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2016); as well as the chapbooks Portents Aside (Two Dogs Press, 2008)and Afterlives (Finishing Line, 2013). His poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including New Poets of the American West; Verse Daily; Helen Burns Poetry Anthology: New Voices from the Academy of American Poets; University and College Prizes; Antioch Review; Cutbank; Green Mountains Review; Crazyhorse; Seneca Review; and Beloit Poetry Journal. He has won individual artist fellowships from The Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Nebraska Arts Council. Since 2006, he has been a faculty member of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Writer’s Workshop.

 

nicolewalkerNicole Walker is the author of five books–Canning Peaches for the Apocalypse, Egg, Micrograms, Quench Your Thirst with Salt, and This Noisy Egg. She also edited Bending Genre:Essays on Creative Nonfiction with Margot Singer. She’s nonfiction editor at Diagram and Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona where it rains like the Pacific Northwest, but only in July.

 

billBill Wetzel’s writing has appeared in the American Indian Culture & Research Journal, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts (2017 Pushcart Prize nominee), Yellow Medicine Review, Studies In Indian Literatures (SAIL), Waxwing Magazine, Hinchas de Poesia, Red Ink Magazine, Literary Orphans and Off The Path: An Anthology of 21st Century American Indian Writers Vol.2. He is the curator of the Good Oak Bar Reading Series and a co-curator of the long running Edge Reading Series, both in Tucson, AZ. He is a co-founder of IndigiPress & the founder of the Stjukshon Indigenous reading series. Wetzel is a member of the Blackfeet Tribe, and a 2016 Peripheral Poet. You can follow him on twitter.