Poetry Reading: Crisosto Apache and Kinsale Drake

This is a hybrid event, presented in-person at Woodland Pattern Book Center and virtually.

Crisosto Apache is originally from Mescalero, New Mexico, on the Mescalero Apache reservation, and currently lives in the Denver area with their spouse. They are Mescalero Apache, Chiricahua Apache, and Diné (Navajo) of the Salt Clan born for the Towering House Clan. They hold an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and are an Assistant Professor of English. Crisosto’s debut collection is GENESIS (Lost Alphabet, 2018). Their second book recently released is Ghostword (Gnashing Teeth Publishing, 2022). They are also the Associate Poetry Editor of The Offing Magazine, and their profile can be seen on the Poetry Foundation's website as well as their website www.crisostoapache.com.

Kinsale Drake (Diné) is a poet, playwright, and performer based out of the Southwest. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Poets.org, Best New PoetsPoetry Northwest, MTV, Teen VogueTime, and elsewhere. She recently graduated from Yale University, where she received the J. Edgar Meeker Prize, the Academy of American Poets University & College Poetry Prize, and the Young Native Playwrights Award. She is the winner of the 2022 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize.

This program is presented as part of Native Writers in the 21st Century, made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Now in its sixteenth season, this ongoing reading, workshop, and lecture series focuses on presenting Indigenous writers of significant stature or promise at every stage of their careers.