Michael Wasson is Nimíipuu from the Nez Perce Reservation in Lenore, Idaho. He earned a BA from Lewis-Clark State College and an MFA from Oregon State University.
Wassn is the author of Swallowed Light (Copper Canyon Press, 2022); Self-Portrait with Smeared Centuries (Éditions des Lisières, 2018), translated by Beatrice Machet; and This American Ghost (YesYes Books, 2017). Wasson is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship, a Native Arts & Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship in Literature, the Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry, and others. He currently lives in Japan.