Trevino L. Brings Plenty is a poet, musician, and multimedia video artist who lives, works, and writes in Portland, OR. He has read/performed his work at poetry festivals as far away as Amman, Jordan and close to his home base at Portland’s Wordstock Festival. In 2015, Trevino was The C. Hamilton Bailey Fellowship recipient. In college, Trevino worked with Primus St. John and Henry Carlile for this poetry work, studied with Tomas Svoboda for music composition, and Jerry Hahn for Jazz guitar. Trevino is an American and Native American; a Lakota Indian born on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, South Dakota, USA. Some of his work explores the American Indian identity in American culture and how it has through genealogical history affected indigenous peoples in the 21st century. He writes of urban Indian life; it’s his subject. Other titles by author: Wakpá Wanági, Ghost River (2015); Real Indian Junk Jewelry (2012); Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (2008).You can read some of his work at As Us, Waxwing, and on his website.
M.B. Dallocchio served as a medic, mental health sergeant, and retention NCO in the US Army for eight years. While on deployment to Ramadi, Iraq in 2004-2005, she served as a member of “Team Lioness,” the first female team that was attached to Marine infantry units to perform checkpoint operations, house raids, and personnel searches on Iraqi women and children for weapons and explosives. After her return in 2006, she pursued studies in Czech and international relations as a David L. Boren National Security Education Program scholar in Prague. She was featured in the 2008 documentary film “Lioness” and several books covering women in combat. In 2009, she was awarded the Outstanding Woman Veteran Award by the State of Massachusetts for her service in both the military and the veteran community. M.B. Dallocchio is the author of “Quixote in Ramadi: An Indigenous Account of Imperialism” as well as the Women Warriors chapter of the book, “War Trauma and Its Wake.” In addition to having been featured on Al-Jazeera, The Huffington Post, Las Vegas Review-Journal, PBS, Yahoo! News, and many other media outlets covering facing injustice during and after combat, she also speaks out on women and minority issues, overcoming strife, and the importance of self-empowerment. Residing in Las Vegas, NV and San Diego, CA, she continues to paint and write using cultural and political messages as her muse. From the current immigration debate to indigenous rights, Dallocchio persists in ensuring that the minority voices are heard. As a native Chamorro (Northern Mariana Islands), a woman, and a combat veteran, her travels and cultural interactions – and sometimes misunderstandings in dealing with those who don’t know what to make of her – have aided her in producing quite the diverse portfolio. You can see more of her work on her website The Desert Warrior.
Ernestine Saankalaxt’ Hayes
Ernestine Hayes belongs to the Wolf House of the Kaagwaantaan. She pursued a college education as a non-traditional adult student in the 1990s and has been an assistant professor at the University of Alaska Southeast since 2003. Her first book, Blonde Indian, an Alaska Native Memoir, received the American Book Award in 2007. In 2013, her poem “The Spoken Forest” was selected for permanent installation at Totem Bight State Park. Her children’s book, Town Bear, Forest Bear, was published in the Tlingit language as Aanka Xootzi ka Aasgutu Xootzi Shkalneegi. Her most recent book, Images of America: Juneau, is a pictorial history of her hometown. Her essays, articles, short stories, and poetry have been published in Studies in American Indian Literature, Huffington Post, Alaska Quarterly Review, Tipton Review, and other forums. A grandmother and great-grandmother, she lives in Juneau.
For examples of Ernestine’s work, please check her personal website, an article entitled Winter in Lingit Aani Brings Magpies and Ravens, the Rasmuson Foundation, and the Wikipedia page dedicated to her work.
Erika T. Wurth’s novel, Crazyhorse’s Girlfriend, has just been released by Curbside Splendor. Her collection of poetry, Indian Trains, was published by The University of New Mexico’s West End Press. A writer of both fiction and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Boulevard, Fiction, Pembroke, Florida Review, Stand, Cimarron Review, The Cape Rock, Southern California Review and Drunken Boat. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver.
Michael Wasson, a nimíipuu from the Nez Perce Reservation in Idaho, just recently earned his MFA from Oregon State University. He is the recipient of a Joyce Carol Oates Commencement Award in Poetry, was named a Cutthroat Discovery Poet, and was a finalist for the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize. His work is included or forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Weave Magazine, As Us Journal, Poetry Kanto, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, The Volta 365 Review, Talking River, and elsewhere. Michael has done preservation work for his tribal language, nimiipuutímt, and has volunteered three consecutive summers abroad in Fukushima, Japan, after the 2011 Tōhoku tsunami and Daiichi nuclear disaster.
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