Dorothy Allison is a National Book Award finalist for Bastard out of Carolina, as well as the winner of the ALA prize and the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction.

Rudolfo Anaya is a winner of the National Book Award, Pen West Fiction Award, and the NEA National Medal of Arts. Anaya is the author of fourteen works of fiction, ten book for children, one poetry collection, six plays, numerous non-fiction works and anthologies, fourteen works of fiction, including Bless Me, Ultima, widely considered one of the most important works of modern Chicano literature.

Tacey M. Atsitty, Diné, is Tsénahabiłnii (Sleep Rock People) and born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle People) from Cove, AZ. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Kenyon Review Online, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, New Orleans Review, New Poets of the American West Anthology, and other publications.

Jimmy Santiago Baca taught himself to read and write while serving time in prison and soon began writing poetry, which he traded with other prisoners for cigarettes. He received the American Book Award for poetry. Baca is the author of seven poetry collections, a memoir, a collection of stories and essays, and a screenplay.

Stephanie Balzer grew up in Flagstaff and now lives in Tucson. She earned her MFA from the University of Arizona and now serves as executive director of The Drawing Studio, a nonprofit organization mentoring in the visual arts. She has chapbooks of poems through Kore Press, CUE editions, and Flying Guillotine Press

Rick Bass is a PEN/Nelson Algren Award winner, as well as a Story Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.

Shonto Begay’s art has been shown in more than 50 shows in galleries and museums including The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, the American Indian Contemporary Arts ‘s museum in San Francisco and Phoenix Art Museum.

Marvin Bell won the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets and was the first Poet Laureate for the state of Iowa. He was a National Book Award finalist and taught at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

Justin Bigos is the author of the poetry chapbook Twenty Thousand Pigeons (iO Books, 2014). His poems, stories, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in places such as New England Review, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, The Collagist, McSweeney’s, and The Best American Short Stories 2015. Justin cofounded and co-edits the literary magazine Waxwing. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he teaches creative writing at Northern Arizona University.

Erik Bitsui is a Diné (Navajo) from Blue Gap, Arizona. He received an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Erik captures the thought of a 21st century Navajo. Erik is a founding member of the Northern Arizona Book Festival.

Heidi Blankenship spends a great deal of time wandering around the Colorado Plateau, working as a ranger and writing poetry. She is currently stationed on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Robert Bly co-founded American Writers Against the Vietnam War. Bly won the National Book Award in 1968 for The Light Around the Body. He is the author of twenty-three poetry collections and nine nonfiction works, including Iron John: A Book About Men, which is credited for starting the Mythopoetic men’s movement.

T. Coraghessan Boyle won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Prix Médicis étranger. He is the author of twelve novels and over a hundred short stories.

Susan Briante is the author of two books of poetry: Utopia Minus (AhsahtaPress 2011) and Pioneers in the Study of Motion (Ahsahta Press 2007). Her collection of poems, The Market Wonders, a finalist for the National Poetry Series, will be published by Ahsahta Press in 2016.

Nathaniel Brodie is the author of the essay, Sparks. Brodie, who lives in Flagstaff, worked on the Grand Canyon National Park Service Trail Crew for seven years.

Monica Brown, Ph.D. is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People, winner of the Américas Award for Children’s Literature and an Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction, and Waiting for the Biblioburro, a Christopher Award winner. Her picture book Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald is the winner of the Tejas Star Book Award, the International Latino Book Award, and a Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration. Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash/Marisol McDonald y la fiesta sin igual, the second book in the Marisol series, was published in September 2013.

Sean Carswell is the author of three novels and two short story collections. He co-founded the independent book publisher Gorsky Press and the music magazine Razorcake. He has been a regular contributor to Flipside, Ink 19, and Clamor. His writing has also appeared in such diverse places as the skateboarding magazine Thrasher, tiny ‘zines like Zisk, and prestigious literary journals like The Southeastern Review and The Rattling Wall. He currently teaches writing and literature at California State University Channel Islands. His latest novel is Madhouse Fog.

Denise Chávez is a based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is the author of the new novel The King and Queen of Comezón, a border mystery/love story; the recent memoir A Taco Testimony: Meditations on Family, Food and Culture and the novels Loving Pedro Infante and Face of An Angel, as well as a short story collection, The Last of the Menu Girls. Chávez is the director of The Border Book Festival, a major national and regional book festival based at Casa Camino Real in Las Cruces. She is the winner of various awards including the Don Luis Leal Award in Chicano Literature as well as the New Mexico Governor’s Award in Literature, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, and The American Book Award.

Chuck Cheeseman makes music for children and with children. He has recorded the album Dancing With No Shoes On.

Eddie Chuculate has been described as Oklahoma’s Charles Bukowski and was compared to Mozart in Ursula K. Le Guin’s essay on his O. Henry-prizewinning story, “Galveston Bay, 1826,” which is the opening story in Chuculate’s collection, Cheyenne Madonna. Cheyenne Madonna was published by Black Sparrow Books, which was Bukowski’s longtime publisher. Chuculate, who was a featured reader at the 2013 Northern Arizona Book Festival, graduated with an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop that same year, and also held a Wallace Stegner creative writing fellowship at Stanford University. He won a 2014 literature fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, which enabled him to research his novel-in-progress, Homegrown. He’s a faculty member of the Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop in Denver, has also moved furniture, written sports and picked pecans, and vows he has little in common with either Bukowski or Mozart. He splits his time between Muskogee and Santa Fe.

Hazel Clark has been involved in book selling for publishers, bookstores, and wholesalers in northern Arizona for over twenty years. In 1999, she and her partner Tom Martin started their own company Vishnu Temple Press to publish non-fiction about the Grand Canyon and the Colorado Plateau.

Judith Cloud’s catalog includes numerous vocal, choral and instrumental works. Most notable is her cantata “Feet of Jesus” set to poems by Langston Hughes. In 2009 she was awarded first place for the Sorel Medallion in Choral Composition with her piece for chorus and guitar, “Anacreontics.”

Michael Collier is the author of five books of poems: The Clasp and Other Poems; The Folded Heart; The Neighbor; The Ledge, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Dark Wild Realm. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Pushcart Prize, and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Born in Phoenix, Collier holds an MFA from the University of Arizona. Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2001–2004, he currently teaches in creative writing at the University of Maryland and is the director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Junot Díaz is the author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2008. He also won the PEN/Malamud Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Novel. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was selected by Time and New York Magazine as the best novel of 2007. Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic and currently teaches creative writing at MIT.

Janet Eigner is the author of the poetry collection What Lasts is the Breath (Black Swan 2013), a New Mexico/Arizona Book Award finalist in 2013.

Dave Eggers was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. He is the founder and editor of McSweeney’s and also edits the annual Best American Nonrequired Reading series. Eggers cofounded 826 Valencia, an after school writing program for kids ages 6 to 18.

Ian Ellasante has been featured on KXCI’s A Poet’s Moment, and has published poems in Currency, The Volta, The Feminist Wire, Hinchas de Poesía, the Trickhouse video poetry series Speech Acts, and Jupiter 88, a video journal of contemporary poetry. Ian has recently shared his poems at the 2015 Black Life Matters Conference, the Trans and Genderqueer Poetry Symposium, and the Stjukshon Indigenous Reading Series.

Darcy Falk has been a writer most of her life. Her latest art project, the Kevlar Kimono was completed in spring of 2014. She’s now working on a series of other garments. Besides writing for Flagstaff Live’s Letter from Home column, she has been published in the national magazines Fiberarts and Threads, and in several anthologies, including the Narrow Chimney Reader, Vol. 1. See more of Falk’s artwork and writing at

Jamie Ford’s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, was named an IndieBound NEXT List Selection, a Borders Original Voices Selection, and a Barnes & Noble Book Club Selection. It has been translated into 25 languages. Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the Western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations. Ford is an award-winning short-story writer, an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp. Having grown up near Seattle’s Chinatown, he now lives in Montana with his wife and children. His next book, Songs from The Book of Souls, should be hitting shelves sometime in early 2012.

Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist, and performer from Tuscon whose poetry, artwork and creative nonfiction is widely published.

Thea Gavin, a native of Orange, CA, spent three weeks as National Park Service Artist-in-Residence at the North Rim in June 2011; since then she has returned to the Grand Canyon as often as possible to wander and write. She leads creative writing workshops for the Grand Canyon Field Institute.

Dagoberto Gilb is a winner of PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award and the PEN Southwest Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award.

Matt H Hall (Matthew Henry Hall) is the author of the children’s picture book, Phoebe and Chub (Rising Moon), a finalist for a Western Writer of America Storyteller award. He also draws cartoons that appear in numerous publications, including The Missouri Review, Inside Higher Ed, and Reader’s Digest.

Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) is the author of Adverbs and, writing as Lemony Snicket, the thirteen book children’s series A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Andrea Hernandez Holm is a desert storyteller, poet, and scholar. She was a 2014 featured poet of the Stjukshon Indigenous reading series at Casa Libre en la Solana and 2011 Indigenous Poets and Writers Exhibit at Arizona State University. Her writings have appeared on La Bloga and Our Spirit, Our Reality; The Blue Guitar Magazine; Wisdom of our Mothers; and Tribal Fires. Her poetry is included in the forthcoming anthology, Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice (University of Arizona Press). Andrea is also a scholar of Mexican American Studies and her writings have appeared in Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of MALCS and Arizona Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a former editor of Red Ink: A Native American Student Publication and moderator for the Facebook page “Poets Responding to SB 1070”.

Caitlin Horrocks is author of the story collection This Is Not Your City, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her stories appear in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Tin House, One Story, and many other journals and anthologies. Her awards include the Plimpton Prize and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the MacDowell Colony. She teaches at Grand Valley State University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She is the fiction editor of The Kenyon Review.

Pam Houston Cowboys Are My Weakness (1994), which was the winner of the 1993 Western States Book Award and has been translated into nine languages, and Waltzing the Cat (1999, reissued 2013), which won the Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction; two novels, Contents May Have Shifted (2012); and Sight Hound (2006), all published by W.W. Norton & Co.; and two collections of autobiographical essays, A Rough guide to the Heart (Virago, 2001) and A Little More About Me (Norton, 1999, reissued 2013).

Denis Johnson won the National Poetry series Award, the National Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

W. Todd Kaneko is the author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies (Curbside Splendor 2014). His poems and prose have appeared in Bellingham Review, Los Angeles Review, Barrelhouse, PANK, the Collagist, and many other places. A recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop, he is currently co-editor of Waxwing Magazine and teaches at Grand Valley State University.

Laura Kelly is the author of Dispatches From the Republic of Otherness. She spent 2014 teaching storytelling in Kyrgyzstan and returned to Flag as the executive director of the Flagstaff Arts Leadership Academy.

Rick Kempa of Rock Springs, Wyoming has twice served as Artist-in-Residence at Grand Canyon National Park. He is co-editor of Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon (Lithic Press, 2015) and editor of the anthology ON FOOT: Grand Canyon Backpacking Stories(Vishnu Temple Press, 2014).

Cybele Knowles writes stories, nonfiction, poems, and scripts. Her writing has appeared in Fairy Tale Review, The Destroyer, Spiral Orb, Diagram, Pindeldyboz, The Asian Pacific American Journal, Faucheuse, and The Prose Poem. She works as the Program Coordinator for the UA Poetry Center.

Ted Kooser served as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for the Library of Congress. Kooser is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. He has published nineteen poetry collections.

Glenn Kurtz authored the well recieved Practicing: A Musicians Return to Music.

Li-Young Lee won the William Carlos Williams Award, Lamont Poetry Selection, American Book Award, Whiting Writers Award, and Lannon Literary Award. He was born in Indonesia and is the grandson of Yuan Shikai, China’s first Republican President.

Melanie Madden grew up in Barstow, California, and now calls Tucson home. She is an essayist and poet who regularly performs with FST! Female StoryTellers, where she serves as chair of the storytelling committee. Melanie’s prose and verse have appeared in The Essay Daily, Timber Journal, The Feminist Wire, the Mojave River Review, and Zocalo Magazine.

Rita Maria Magdaleno is a native Arizonan and recreational river-runner. She lives in Tucson and teaches memoir writing. Her poetic memoir, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, & My Mother was published by University of Arizona Press.

Tom Martin has been getting blisters on his feet and hopelessly lost while hiking in Grand Canyon from river rafting trips since 1969. With his wife Hazel, Tom formed Vishnu Temple Press in 1999 and has published a number of works on Four Corners history, hiking and river guides. With co-author Duwain Whitis, Tom wrote the Guide To The Colorado River In The Grand Canyon, Lee’s Ferry To South Cove, which won the 2007 National Outdoor Book Award.

Farid Matuk is the author of This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine, 2010) and My Daughter La Chola (Ahsahta, 2013). His poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Poetry, The Baffler, Boundary2, and Floor Journal and they have been anthologized in Angels of the Americlypse, The Best American Experimental Poetry, The &Now Awards Vol. 3, and The Volta Book of Poets, among others. Matuk serves on the poetry editorial team at Fence and is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Arizona.

Lydia Millet is a PEN USA winner, was short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of six novels and one short story collection.

Rick Moody is a winner of the Pushcart Editor’s Choice Award and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. Moody is the author of a memoir and five novels, including Garden State and The Ice Storm.

Toni Morrison won both the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize. She also won the National Book Critics Circle Award, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and American Book Award. In 1996, Morrison was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the author of nine novels and two children’s books

Seth Muller was born and raised on the east coast, but he truly fell in love with the Southwest. He moved to Arizona in 2001. His love for the rugged and open country blended with his lifelong passion for the written word. Seth’s children’s books include Augustus Fig and the Keepers of the Windclaw Chronicles, a trilogy illustrated by Bahe Whitethorne Jr. He is the recipient of the 2014 Flagstaff City and Coconino County Public Library Copper Quill Award.

Tony Norris is based in Flagstaff, Arizona, and is a regular at storytelling festivals, cowboy poetry gatherings, schools, campfires, and corporate conferences. Young and old alike are captivated by his homespun charm and rich tenor voice. With the accompaniment of his big Martin guitar and healthy doses of humor, he invites the adventurous spirit in each of us to leave the everyday world behind and journey into the old West. Performing solo or in an ensemble, his concerts are for those who want to hear the old songs, learn about the West, relax and have a good time.

Naomi Shihab Nye is the winner of four Pushcart Prizes, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, and the American Academy of Poets’ Lavan Award. Nye is the author of seven poetry collections and one novel. She was named one of’s first peace heroes.

Lydia Paar received her MA from NAU and taught fiction there over the past several years, focusing on how we learn from what we write. Her own learning process has involved fictional, nonfictional, and poetic explorations of family, freedom and intimacy, habits and behavior patterns, poverty and wealth, identity transformation, and self-respect/life purpose. The culmination of this work to date is a novel called The Z(e) Scale. She explores the use of gender-neutral language at different places in the work and encourages her students to work as strangely as they want to when considering how the form of what they write will reflect and refract the content of their ideas.

Warren Perkins has an MD from the University of Arizona and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has worked as family doctor in Ganado and Flagstaff for over 30 years. His novel,Putrefaction Live was published in 2009 by UNM Press. He will be reading from an as yet unpublished novel called Albert the Great: A Short History, and is currently working on a missing-person novel

Nancy Pickard is the bestselling author of The Scent of Rain and Lightning and 17 other novels, as well as many short stories. She has won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards, and is a four-time Edgar Award finalist. Her book The Virgin of Small Plains was the Kansas Reads book of the year in 2009. The New York Times says, “Pickard has the storytelling gift.” She is a founding member of Sisters In Crime, the international organization devoted to supporting the work of women mystery writers. A lifelong resident of the Kansas City area, she now resides in Merriam, Kansas.

Annie Proulx won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. She is the author of four novels, four short story collections, and three works of nonfiction.

Wayne Ranney, a geologist and river and trail guide based in Flagstaff, will share his humorous essay, On Being a Trail Guide in the Grand Canyon. Ranney is the author of eight books, including Carving Grand Canyon, Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau, and Sedona Through Time.

Ishmael Reed has been nominated for two National Book Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and has won the Langston Hughes Medal. Reed is the author of nine novels, six poetry collections, eight essay collections, two travelogues, six plays, and has edited thirteen anthologies.

Emily Regan is a short story writer, novelist, and author of the 2011 collection Unraveled. Emily earned her master’s degree from Northern Arizona University.

Alberto Ríos was a finalist for the National Book Award and has won the Walt Whitman Award and six Pushcart Prizes for poetry and fiction. Ríos is the author of eleven poetry collections, three short story collections, and a memoir.

Lois Roma-Daley is the author of the poetry collections Rules of Hunger, northSight, and High Notes, the last of which was chosen as a 2011 Paterson Poetry Prize finalist.

Danny Rosen lives five miles north of the Colorado River, on Colorado’s western slope, in the Grand Valley. He is the proprietor of Lithic Bookstore and Gallery in Fruita, and the owner of Lithic Press.

Christopher Scinto’s compositions have been featured in musical festivals in Germany, Italy, Spain, and throughout the United States. His works have recieved numerous awards and grants from the Long Island Composer’s Alliance, Meet the Composer, the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, and the National Association of Composers, USA.

Kama Shockey is an Arizona native who graduated from NAU with her MFA in Creative Writing. She writes regularly for Military Spouse Magazine, and her essays can be found in FlagLive, Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine, and others. Her fiction has been published in Zone 3, Bird’s Thumb, Blue Monday Review, O-Dark-Thirty’s Review and Report, and many others.

Mary Sojourner is the author of three novels: Sisters of the Dream (1989), Going Through Ghosts, (2010) and 29 (2014); the short story collection, Delicate (2001) and Scribner (2004); essay collection, Bonelight: ruin and grace in the New Southwest (2002 and 2004); memoir, Solace: rituals of loss and desire (2004); and memoir/self-help guide, She Bets Her Life (2010). She has been a ten-year NPR commentator and now reviews books for KNAU’s Southwest Book 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.

Erin Stalcup’s debut story collection, And Yet It Moves, will be published in Fall 2016 by Indiana University Press in their Break Away Books series. Her fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Sun, and elsewhere, and her nonfiction has appeared in The Laurel Review, STIR, and Erin holds an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. After teaching in universities, community colleges, and prisons in New York City, North Carolina, and Texas, she now teaches creative writing at her alma mater of Northern Arizona University, in her hometown of Flagstaff. Erin co-founded and co-edits the literary magazine Waxwing:

Veronica Tsinajinnie is from Bird Springs, Arizona. She is the author of Jóhnaa’é́I Bringer of Dawn. She is Táchii’nii, born for the Bitter Water (Tódích’́íi’nii) clan. She earned her associates degree in Elementary Education and Dine Studies from Dine College. Veronica has long enjoyed writing for pleasure. The inspiration for her writing comes from her nieces and nephews with whom she loves to share stories.

Jesse Valencia is a writer, musician, and actor living in Northern Arizona. This year he made his big-screen debut opposite Tom Sizemore in the indie crime drama Durant’s Never Closes while his first book, Straight Up And Down With The Brian Jonestown Massacre, is being published by University of Hell Press later on this year. A graduate of Northern Arizona University’s Creative Writing MFA program, Jesse is currently finishing his second Master’s at NAU, in English literature.

Ann Weiler Walka of Flagstaff still explores and writes about the backcountry of the Colorado Plateau, both the tangible terrain and the landscape of the imagination.

Laura Walker is thriving on the new experience of actual real-life seasons in Flagstaff, AZ. She is working on her MFA in fiction writing at Northern Arizona University and serves as editor in chief of Thin Air, the school’s literary magazine.

Nicole Walker’s Quench Your Thirst with Salt won the Zone 3 Award for Creative Nonfiction and was released in June 2013. She is the author of a collection of poems, This Noisy Egg (Barrow Street 2010) and edited, with Margot Singer, Bending Genre: Essays on Creative Nonfiction, (Bloomsbury, 2013) and with Rebecca Campbell—7 Artists, 7 Rings—an Artist’s Game of Telephone for the Huffington Post. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment from the Arts, she’s nonfiction editor at Diagram and Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University where she hosted the 2015 NonfictioNOW Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona where it rains like the Pacific Northwest, but only in July.

Betty Webb is the author of the nationally best-selling Lena Jones mystery series and the humorous Gunn Zoo mysteries.

Bill Wetzel is Amskapi Pikuni aka Blackfeet from Montana. He’s a former bull rider/combat sports athlete turned writer/humorist. He is a coauthor of the short story collection The Acorn Gathering. His work has also appeared in or is forthcoming from the American Indian Culture & Research Journal, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, 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 a co-founder of Indigipress and the founder and curator of the Stjukshon Indigenous reading series in Tucson, AZ.

Orlando White is the author of two books of poetry: Bone Light (Red Hen Press, 2009) and LETTERRS (Nightboat Books, 2015). He holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Brown University. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Omnidawn Poetry Feature Blog, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, American Indian Culture And Research Journal, Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Residency and a Bread Loaf John Ciardi Fellowship. He teaches at Diné College and in the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Bahe Whitethorne Jr. is a member of the Blackstream Wood People clan. He is the illustrator of the Keepers of the Windclaw trilogy, a young reader fantasy fiction series which follows the adventures of a young girl named Ellie Tsosie who learns how to communicate with birds. Baje was born and raised in Flagstaff where his art has been influenced by comic books, graphic novels, children’s picture books and by the work of his father, Baje Whitethorne Sr.

Baje Whitethorne Sr. has illustrated eight children’s books including Monster Bird, Monster Slayer, Sunpainters: Eclipse of the Navajo Sun, and Beauty Beside Me, Stories of My Grandmother’s Skirts. He is the author and illustrator of Father’s Boots. Baje grew up on the Navajo Reservation near Shonto, Arizona. As a child he was drawn into the world of storytelling when he and his brothers would make up stories on their way to their grandmother’s house. He was honored with the Mayor’s Legacy Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Arts at the 2014 Flagstaff Viola Awards Gala.

Molly Wood is a native Arizonan, who has been living in Flagstaff on and off for 8 years. She is the conceptualizer and hostess of Poet’s Den and she tries to be involved in as many Flagstaff literary events as possible. In her spare time she enjoys indulging in the beautiful landscape that northern Arizona has to offer.

Seraphine Yazzie is the author of Beauty Beside Me, Stories of My Grandmother’s Skirts, and Dibé Yázhí Táa’go Baa Hane’ the Three Little Sheep. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Northern Arizona University. Her commitment to educational values has enabled her to achieve many of her goals in life. As a fourth grade teacher at Hunter’s Point Boarding School, Seraphine hopes her books will encourage youth to read and write creatively.