Jake Skeets is Black Streak Wood, born for Waters Edge. Diné from Vanderwagen, New Mexico, he holds an MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. His debut collection, Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers (Milkweed, 2019), was selected by Kathy Fagan for the 2018 National Poetry Series and received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Winner of the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest, a 92Y Discovery Prize, a Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship, an American Book Award, and a 2020 Whiting Award, Skeets will be Guest Editor of Poem-a-Day in November 2022.
Skeets teaches at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, located in the Navajo Nation.