R321B. Indigenous-Aboriginal American Writers Caucus

E146, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
6:00 pm to 7:15 pm


Indigenous writers and scholars participate fluidly in AWP, teaching and directing affiliated programs, or working as independent writers/scholars, and/or in language revitalization and community programming. Annually imparting field-related craft, pedagogy, celebrations, and concerns as understood by Indigenous-Native writers from the Americas and surrounding island nations is necessary. AWP Conferences began representative caucus discussions 2010-2018. Essential program development continues in 2019.



Shauna Osborn is Executive Director of Puha Hubiya, a nonprofit literacy arts organization, and the author of Arachnid Verve (a poetry collection) which was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Awards. She has also won awards from New York Public Library, AROHO, and the UNM Writers Conference.

Celeste Adame, Muckleshoot, holds a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Her thesis, Lovers Landscape, explores gender identity, sexuality, love, basketball, and landscapes of both Washington and New Mexico.

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, is the author of StreamingOff Season-City PipeDog Road WomanBurnBlood RunRock Ghost Willow Deer, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous AmericasEffigies I & II, is directing Red Dust (film), directs the Lit Sandhill CraneFest, and is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UCR.

Kristiana Kahakauwila, Kanaka Maoli, is author of This is Paradise: Stories, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. Associate Professor of English at Western Washington University, she was the 2015–16 Lisa Goldberg Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study.

D. Keali'i MacKenzie, a queer Kanaka Maoli poet, is author of the chapbook, From Hunger to Prayer. A Pacific Tongues Poet-Facilitator, he received his MLISc and MA in Pacific Islands Studies from the University of Hawai'i. His work appears in 'Ōiwi, Mauri Ola, and Flicker and Spark.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center