We have stories / as old as the great seas / breaking through the chest / flying out the mouth, / noisy tongues that once were silenced, / all the oceans we contain / coming to light. —Linda Hogan

A Rattle of Individual Voices and Tires by Kim Shuck

Abrazando la Diversidad en la Escritura by Aurora Garcia

Altar of Unknown by Lisa Marie Rollins

An All-American Korean American 4th of July by Terra Trevor

An Interview with Author Kim Shuck


Back to the Blanket: Recovered Rhetorics and Literacies in American Indian Studies (American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series) by Kimberly G. Wieser

Bad NDNS: Inmate #A-93223: In the San Quentin of My Mind by Deborah A. Miranda 

Bear, Coyote, Raven and Some Sweet, Sweet Berries: A Chumash Story Told by Alan Salazar

Book War by Wang Ping

California Indians Regathering a Tradition

Tomol Trek by Terra Trevor
Tomol Evening by Terra Trevor

Cathedral of Leaves by Linda Borden

Cedar Songs, Left Behind by Linda Borden

Cesar Love Poetry by Cesar Love

Chapter Four #49 Bear Child Blvd. by Kimberly Wieser

Children of The Dragonfly: The Book as Village by Robert Bensen

Children of the Powwow by Terra Trevor 


Contaminated Culture: Native People Struggle with Tainted Resources

Copper Miner’s Great Granddaughter Reflects by Margie Perscheid

Dances With Halmoni By Sook Wilkinson



"Doppelgängers: A Nativity Ode" (if only Columbus had…) by Carter Revard

Driving Toward Yes by Dawn Downey

From Michoacan, Mexico to California: A Latina Writer Reflects by Aurora Garcia

Fresh Wildness by Rebecca Hatcher Travis

Ghost Dance by Chip Livingston

Goodbye Christopher Columbus by Terra Trevor

Homeland Insecurity by Dawn Downey

How the Land was Lost: El Potrero by Deborah Miranda

How To Survive Christmas Alone by Dawn Downey

Hunted by Kim Shuck

I Learned All My Spanish in School by E.K. Keith

If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric L. Gansworth

In the Purple and Blue of It by Kimberly L. Becker

Jump by Trace A. DeMeyer

Korean 1st Birthday by Betsy Schaffer

Let The Music In by Dawn Downey

Little of the Vibration Will Return by Kim Shuck

Loosening Our Tongues by RainPrud’homme-Cranford (Goméz)

Lord Have Mercy for These Days by Alice Rose Crow

Mexico and the USA: My Motherland and Fatherland by Aurora Garcia

My Name is Not My Face by Betsy Schaffer

My Year at the Shelter: by Terra Trevor

THANKSGIVING: An American Indian Perspective by Terra Trevor

Trouble Song by Kim Shuck

Navajo Quilt Maker Susan Hudson Pays Tribute to Plains Ledger Art

Nomenclature, Miigaadiwin, a Forked Tongue by Aja Couchoi

Okie Survival and WINNING THE DUST BOWL by Carter Revard

Old Pictures of Mom by Jen Hilzinger

Once Upon A River by Tiffany Midge

One More Reason Why We Need Diverse Lit  bLinda Rodriguez

On Native Ground by Rebecca Hatcher Travis

Orange Dream by Wang Ping

Orenoque,Wetumka, and Other Poems by Robert Bensen

Our Blood Remembers by Lois Red Elk

Owning Difference In Mixed Race America by Terra Trevor

Picked Apart the Bones by Rebecca Hatcher Travis

Privilege by M. Carmen Lane

Punta del Este Pantoum by Chip Livingston (from SING: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas)

Red and White . . . and Blue by Sara Sue Hoklotubbe

Rejecting cancer cliches that deal in terms of winning or losing by Terra Trevor

Remembering Auntie Out Loud by Terra Trevor

Ridin’ the 40 Home by Rain Prud'homme-Cranford

Riot Call by Kim Shuck

Rock Collection by Cesar Love

Rosalia in her 90s by Kim Shuck

Saboulet by Michelle Pichon

Scenes From a Naturalist’s Sketchbook by Tiffany Midge

Shaking the Snow by Kimberly L. Becker

She's Awake by Dawn Downey

Sky Woman by M. Carmen Lane

Something to Do on a Dark, Windy Day by Michelle Pichon

Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits

Tsi’sdu on the Desert by Linda Boyden

This Place by Linda Boysen

The Role of the Poet in Contemporary Culture(s)

Tiffany Midge "Outlaws, Renegades and Saints"

The House. Death. Dad. Thank you. by Diane René Christian

The Spirits Need Us As Much As We Need Them by MariJo Moore



Voices by Diane Christian

Washing the Blankets by Kimberly L. Becker

When a Child Dies by Terra Trevor

Weeping Women by Rain Prud'homme-Cranford 

Yanash Kulli * by Rebecca Hatcher Travis

Bad NDNS: Inmate #A-93223: In the San Quentin of My Mind

by Deborah A. Miranda

My father abused women.

This was my first thought when a Native woman contacted me to ask about a prominent Native male writer’s history as a sexual harasser.

My second thought was for the writer’s immediate family, his wife, his children.

If there’s one thing I know, it’s how a father’s sins follow his children like a storm
cloud, waiting to burst when they least expect it.

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Bad NDNS: Inmate #A-93223: In the San Quentin of My Mind

Little of the Vibration Will Return

by Kim Shuck
At 526 years the fetus is developing thalamic connections 
Neutrons fluoresce
Limbic system a web spinning into
Transgender home for our research
Water flower shifts
One day and the next
They embrace the diversity of experience of
Branches snapped
With science-based fingertips
A focus
A y-shaped brain connection
This human body is evidence-based
Here in the furniture fort of our entitlement
Chemistry bathing in new attachments
We sing the forbidden words into the
Little of the vibration will return
Your self
An idea banned before the seed swells
Before the shell cracks

© Kim Shuck. All rights reserved.

Kim Shuck's life has now lost all semblance of control. In June she was named the 7th poet laureate of San Francisco and she can now be found reading pretty much all the time, everywhere in the greater SF Bay Area. She is having a fantastic time and is grateful for the honor. Her most recent book is Clouds Running In


Yanash Kulli *

Excerpted from Constant Fires by Rebecca Hatcher Travis

Yanash Kulli *

alone on the pathway
ancient spirits 
beckon deeper
into the wooded land

grandfather trees
guide the way
bowing in majestic arcs
peace and silence here

deeper still
to the sacred stone circle
to the healing waters
hidden inside the forest

a private stillness here
but for a trickle over the stones
an extraordinary place
do you feel its secret?

up from within the heart of the earth
sparkling cool waters
bubble since time unknown
the spring gently bestows its gift

stones capture the bounty
hold it as tiny creatures
skim across the surface
water flees over the rocks

across the land
among the ancient trees
and whispering wind
into the rivers to the great sea

Grandmother watches
she sings her blessed song
Yanash Kulli
bubbles on

* Buffalo Springs

© Rebecca Hatcher Travis. All rights reserved.

Rebecca Hatcher Travis is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation who carries deep roots in both Indian Territory Oklahoma and Texas. Her first poetry book, Picked Apart the Bones, won the First Book Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas and was published by the Chickasaw Press. Her second poetry book, Constant Fires, was released by White Dog Press, a division of Chickasaw Press, in October, 2017. Other published work appears in literary journals, anthologies, online and recently in Tending the FireNative Voices and PortraitsMs. Travis is a member of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. She lives in the foothills of the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma, near the land her ancestors settled in early Indian Territory days. She continues to write and give poetry presentations.


  • If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. —Barry Lopez, in Crow and Weasel