Thursday, March 19
I've been a writer and poet for over thirty-five years. One of the major voices in Indigenous American literature, I was among the first to be published as a contemporary Indigenous American writer of poetry and fiction beginning in the 1960s. My writing continues to address topics and issues of major concern regarding Indigenous American lands, communities, and cultures, including Indigenous decolonization and liberation. I've been involved with Indigenous educational endeavors from elementary to college levels on a number of Indigenous (American Indian) reservations including New Mexico, Arizona, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, North Carolina, Oregon, Colorado, and Utah. And in urban Indigenous communities including San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Tucson, Phoenix, San Diego, Chicago, Denver, New York City, and Toronto. Along with my profession and career as a writer, poet, and storyteller, I've worked as a teacher and community-cultural worker, and I've been a tribal leader on two occasions as an Interpreter-Translator (1987-88) and First Lieutenant Governor (1988-89) of my Acoma Pueblo tribe in New Mexico. Presently, I am the incoming Managing Editor of RED INK: International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Humanities. I'm the father of a son and two daughters and a grandfather to their nine children.