Forthcoming novel: CALLING FOR A BLANKET DANCE.
Publication Date: July 26, 2022.
Published by Algonquin Books.
Rep’d by Allie Levick of Writer’s House.
Rep’d by The Gotham Group for TV and Film.
I hold an M.A. in English from the University of Oklahoma, with a concentration in Native American Literature. I also hold a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), with a minor in Indigenous Liberal Studies. I’m a recipient of the Truman Capote Scholarship Award through IAIA, and also a winner of the Native Writer Award through the Taos Summer Writers Conference. I have short stories published in South Dakota Review, American Short Fiction, Yellow Medicine Review, Surreal South ’09, and Red Ink Magazine.
I’m a regionalist Native American writer of literary fiction, interested in capturing intertribal, transnational, and multicultural aspects within two tribally specific communities: Tahlequah and Lawton, Oklahoma. I was raised inside these tribal circles and continue to reside there today. I’m a citizen of Cherokee Nation and the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma from my mother (Hokeah and Stopp families), and I have Mexican heritage from my father (Chavez family) who emigrated from Aldama, Chihuahua, Mexico.