An Indigenous daughter of the West, I was born to a Southern Ute mother and spent my early years in Colorado. Since then, I have lived all along the Rocky Mountain region, but now call the Salmon River Mountains of Idaho home. Here I have not only found a love of landscape that influences my writing but a connection to the native plant’s animals through he learning Nez Perce. I work for the University of Idaho as Project Coordinator for IKEEP (Indigenous Knowledge for Effective Education), a three-year Office of Indian Education grant that provides scholarship and Indigenous pedagogies as well as culturally responsive ways of knowing to a group of nine Native scholars who are studying to become educators of Native youth. I am also an MFA student at the University, in my final year, and recently accepted the position of associate poetry editor for Transmotion , a journal inspired by the work of Gerald Vizenor (Anishinaabe). My writing, both poetry and prose, can be found in High Desert Journal, Cutthroat, Juxtaprose, Whitefish Review , and several others. I have just finished co-editing Native Voices: An anthology of poetry and conversations, due out in a few months from Tupelo Press, and my chapbook Camped Beneath the Dam will be published by Floodgate in spring of 2020.
I also speak German and some Yugoslavian!