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Department of English
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455




Ph.D. Creative Writing & Literature, University of Colorado (December 2005)
M.A. English, University of Toledo (May 1999)
B.A. Fort Lewis College (May 1997)



The Politics of Reading and Readership in American Ethnic Literature; Criticism and Creativity


Areas of Expertise

Fiction writing and narratology.
Poetry writing and poetics.
Non-fiction and creative journalism.


Teaching Interests

Fiction workshop
Non-Fiction Workshop
Poetry Workshop
Native American Literature
Ethnic American Literature
American Literature



Peter Steinberg, Foundry + Media

33 West 17th Street, PH
New York, NY 10011
Tel: +1-212-929-5064


Book Length Publications

Buckskin Cocaine (Collection of Short Stories) Astrophil Press at The University of South Dakota, 2017

A Thousand Horses Out to Sea (Collection of Poetry) Mongrel Press, 2016 (finalist for Akron Poetry Series and for Earthworks).

Crazyhorse’s Girlfriend (novel) Curbside Splendor, 2014.

Indian Trains (Collection of Poetry) West End Press, The University of New Mexico, 2007.


Completed Manuscripts

Whitehorse Love (short story collection).


Book Length Publications Under Contact

You Who Enter Here (a novel about Native American gangs), SUNY.


Book Length Projects

Two Heads of the Black Snake, Life Under the Pipeline. A Non-Fiction novel about the Dakota Access Pipeline, concerning two very different people affected by the pipeline. The first, an Iowa farmer willing to fight to the death to stop the pipeline from being built on his land. The second, a woman who is Standing Rock Sioux, who fought to educate the children of the Sacred Stone camp in the Lakota language while the Water Protectors battled corporate America.

The Rest of Have Always Been Here (a nonfiction collection of essays on writing).

The Black Road (a literary science-fiction/speculative novel).

Publications, magazines/periodicals


Re-print of “Barry Four Voices,”(formerly titled Alex Smith) The Offing, 2017.
“Light and Her Mother’s Arms,” Midwestern Gothic, 2017.
“Almost Like Children,” Heavy Feather Review, 2017.
“Harlen Kurjo” South Dakota Review, 2016.
“Beautiful, Terrible Thing” Sententia, 2014.
Excerpt from Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend, Hawaii Pacific Review, 2014.
“Mason Snap” Literary Orphans 2014.
“Wild, Animal Love” The Missing Slate, 2014.
“Kes Woodi” Contrary, 2014.
“Candy Francois” Split Lip Magazine, 2013.
“Freightrain” Southern California Review, 2013.
“Crazyhorses’ Girlfriend” Stand Magazine, 2011.
“Like a Phoenix” The Florida Review, 2010.
“Colfax with the Sound Off” Bryant Literary Review, 2009.
“Redbone” Bryant Literary Review, 2008.
“How Ed Learned to Dance” Fiction Magazine, 2006.
“My Face, So Close to His” Pembroke, 2006.
“Whitehorse Love” Fiction Magazine, 2005.
“The Walker” Raven Chronicles, 2001.



“Forcing His Body to the Water,” The Kenyon Review, forthcoming.
“Fuck Poor People, Fuck Indians and Fuck you: J.D. Salinger, and the Native Literary Predators Hiding in the Light,” Transmotion, forthcoming.
“How Trump “Care” Will Sicken Native Americans,” ROAR, 2017.
“Artists Can Only Be Themselves,” ROAR, 2017.
“The Rest of Us Have Always Been Here,” ROAR, 2017.
“The Horrible Terrible Oppression of Famous White Writers Who Have Been Politely Questioned,” ROAR, 2017.
“The Problem with Pretendians,” ROAR, 2017.
“The Dakota Access Pipeline, Running Through the Heart of Native American Invisibility.” Apoge Journal, 2016.
“The Fourth Wave in Native American Fiction” The Writer’s Chronicle, forthcoming.
“The Fourth Wave” Waxwing, forthcoming.
Introduction to Pariahs (anthology), forthcoming.
“Native Art, Here We are, Where are We” Feminism for the Real World (anthology), 2016.
“Assimilation Makes us Sooo Happy” Guest blogger for Write all the Words!, 2015.
“Twenty-first Century Tiger Lily: Native Chicks and the F-Bomb” Four Winds Magazine, 2015.
“Dear Teen Me” Dear Teen Me, 2014.
“Albuquerque and the Indian: Our Perception of Native Americans Needs to Change” Alibi, 2014.
“Why We Need Diverse Books” Publisher’s Weekly, 2014.
“Moving Towards Justice: New federal law addresses violence in Indian Country” Alibi, 2014
“Mass Graves and the Impending Border Crisis” Alibi, 2014.
“In-State Tuition for Natives about Fairness” Boulder Camera, 2014.
“Weirdos, Writers, and the Non-Crisis Mid-Twenties Crisis” Generation What? (anthology), 2007.


“*giggles*, Lit Hub, forthcoming.
“Your Eyes to the Sun,” Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art, forthcoming.
“Beasts at Her Feet,” Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art, forthcoming.
“Arcing Towards the Sun,” Dark Matter: Women Witnessing, forthcoming.
“Cold and Tired Wind,” Dark Matter: Women Witnessing, forthcoming.
“As Distant as a Planet” Hysteria, forthcoming.
“Wild Blue Glory” Hysteria, forthcoming.
“Ghosts Floating on the Flat White Bed” Rabbit and Rose, 2015.
“Around My Neck” About Place, 2015.
“That Small Wooden Box” Tin Cannon, 2015.
“Long, Yellow and Stretching Lazily” Tin Cannon, 2015.
“On North Beach” Toe Good Poetry, 2013.
“Faces Toward the light” Mas Tequila Review , 2013.
“Change Form Behind Me” Mas Tequila Review , 2013.
“He Brought Me Down” As, Us, 2013.
“Fists Clenched, Holding” As, Us, 2013.
“Dusty Redemption” Yellow Medicine Review, 2013.
“Receding Like the Wilderness in the Night” Cimmaron Review, 2013.
“Smoke Billowing” Cimarron Review, 2013.
“At the Edge of Drowning” The Cape Rock, 2012.
“Until the Sun Rises” Drunken Boat, 2011.
“Oh, Cousin” Poets of the American West, 2010.
“It’s 1966” Red Ink, 2010.
“What I Know is the Fight” Lost Horse Press, 2010.
“Pressing Matresses to Walls” 5AM, 2008.
“As Innocent as your Mother, and Mine” 5AM, 2008.
“Fort Peck Girl” Borderlands, 2008.
“(Re)Naming Me” Studies in American Indian Literatures, 2002.
“Pastels Swimming Together” American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 2000.
“Raven Gets a Kick Out of You” American Indian Culture and Research, 2000.


Book Reviews & Interviews (of other writers)

Eden Robinson’s Son of a Trickster, a Funny, Dark, Native Fantasy,” Anomaly, 2017.
Vermette’s The Break is a Killer,” Anomaly, 2017.
Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection, Volume 2,” Anomaly, 2017.
The World is Ending or Light is Dying, Lev Grossman’s Journey to Lit Magic,” The Alibi, 2014.


Academic and Creative Honors

Nominated for Pushcart for “Barry Four Voices” by The Offing, 2017.
Pathfinder Award, Wordcraft (for Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend), 2015.
Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Institute of American Indian Arts, 2007/08.
Nominated New Voices, 2005.
James K. Folsom Fellowship, University of Colorado, 2005.
Sandoe Fellowship, University of Colorado, 2003.
Enrollment Enhancement Program Fellowship, University of Colorado, 2000.
Voices Writing Workshop, Junot Diaz, 2003.
Taos Poetry Bout Workshop, Sherman Alexie, 2002.


Literature Conference Papers

“Native and Latino Literature; What’s in Store” South Central MLA; Hot Springs Arkansas (2004)
“Native and African American Literature; Shared Histories” Native American Literature Symposium; Mystic Lake Minnesota (2002)
“Native American Literature; Where we’ve been, Where we’re going” Native American Literature Symposium; Durant Oklahoma (2001)


Macondo San Antonio (TX), 2010 & 2011.
VONA (CA), 2002.

Book Festivals

Brooklyn Book Festival Brooklyn (NY), 2014
Texas Book Festival Austin (TX), 2014.

Creative Writing Contests Judged

University of Alabama, undergraduate and graduate creative writing contest, 2017.
University of Arkansas MFA creative writing contest, 2015.

Panels, Readings, Radio Shows (past & forthcoming)

Rosevelt University (IL), Reading, March 19th, 2018.
Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival (IL), Panel and Reading, Oct 26 and 27th, 2017.
Returning the Gift Conference (OK), Panel: Native American Poetics: A Lesson in Contemporary Form Oct 9th, 2017. Reading: Oct 10th , 2017.
Counterpath Reading Series (CO), Sept 1st, 2017.
Lit Crawl (CO), Sept 16th, 2017.
Lumpen Radio (IL), Aug 27th, 2017.
Collected Works (NM), Aug 11th 2017.
Bookworks, (NM), Aug, 12 2017.
Sunday Chatter (NM), Aug 13, 2017.
Tattered Cover (CO), June 27th, 2017.
Reading at the University of Dubuque, April 18th, 2017.
The Art of Storytelling, March 25th 2017.
Aspen Institute of Arts, panel on storytelling, Feb 12th, New York, NY, 2017.
AWP Conference. Panels: Spaceships and Detectives and Celebrating Langston, Washington D.C., Feb 10th & 11th, 2017.
Mile-High MFA, Writer Series, Regis University, Craft Seminar and Reading, Jan 7th, 2017.
Z-Arts (UT), June 23rd & 24th, 2016.
Litfest Pasadena Book Festival Panel: The YA body and Self (CA), June 4th 2016.
Salem College (NC), April 13 2016,
Poetry Foundation Chicago (IL) Oct 13th 2015.
State of Wonder Portland Station (OR), July 9th 2015.
Fishtrap, faculty reading Joseph (OR) July 8th 2015.
Sunday Salon, New York (NY) June 21st, 2015.
Open Country Reading Series, Missoula (MT) Feb 5th 2015.
Prairie Lights, Iowa City (IA) March 6th 2015
Ancestry Books, Minneapolis (MN) March 7th 2015.
Central Methodist University, Columbia (MO), March 30th 2015.
University of Minnesota, Duluth March 9th 2015.
AWP Panel Discussion: Form and Content in Native American Fiction: Why Art Matters (event organizer, moderator), April 9th, 2015.
Grumpy’s Minneapolis (MN), April 10th 2015.
AWP Panel Discussion: What We Talk about When We Talk about Crime: The Ethics of Writing the Perpetrator, April 11th, 2015.
Sunday Salon New York (NY), June 21st 2015.
Flor de Nopal, Mexican-American Cultural Center Austin (TX), Dec 5th, 2014.
Ball State University Muncie (IN), Nov. 5th, 2014.
Indy Reads Books Indianapolis (IN) Nov. 12th,, 2014.
University of South Dakota Vermillion (SD) Nov. 6th, 2014.
A Room of One’s Own Madison (WI) Nov 2nd, 2014.
Boswell Books Milwaukee (WI) Nov. 1st, 2014.
University of Texas Austin (TX) Oct. 24th, 2014.
Green Apple Books San Francisco (CA) Oct. 18th, 2014.
Book Passage Corte Madera (CA) Oct 18th, 2014.
The Last Bookstore Los Angeles (CA) Oct. 17th, 2014.
Words and Music at The Empty Bottle Chicago (IL) Oct 16th, 2014.
Birchbarch hosted by the Bockley Gallery Minneapolis (MN) Oct. 8th, 2014.
University Bookstore at the University of Minnesota Minneapolis (MN) Oct 8th, 2014.
Crush Bar Portland (OR) Oct 5th, 2014.
Left Bank Books Seattle (WA) Oct. 4th, 2014.
Hugo House Seattle (WA) Oct. 3rd, 2014.
University of Colorado Boulder (CO) Sept. 30th, 2014.
Tattered Cover Denver (CO) Sept. 29th, 2014.
Sunday Chatter (Albuquerque) NM Sept. 28th, 2014.
University of New Mexico Albuquerque (NM) Sept. 25th, 2014.
Bookworks Albuquerque (NM) Sept. 24th, 2014.
Saint Ann’s Warehouse New York (NY) Sept. 20th, 2014.
Smack Mellon New York (NY) Sept. 18th, 2014.
Housing Works New York (NY) Sept. 16th, 2014.
Bookends and Beginnings Sept. 14th, 2014.
Release party at City Lit Books Chicago (IL) Sept 13th, 2014.
AWP Panel Discussion; Native American Texts in the Workshop: Why Now (and How), 2014.
AWP Panel Reading; Native American Poetics, The Fourth Wave (event organizer, moderator), 2014.
Bookworks, Albuquerque (NM), 2013.
516 Words, Albuquerque (NM), 2013.
Sunday Chatter, Albuquerque (NM), 2013.
AWP Panel Reading; Stories from all Directions, New Native Fiction, 2013.
AWP Panel Reading; Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights, 2012. Radio Interview for KAOS 89.3 FM, 2010.
Hugo House, 2010.
University of Texas, El Paso (TX), 2010.
Indian Market, Santa Fe (NM), 2009.
UNM Bookstore, Albuquerque (NM), 2008.
Mesa Public Library Los Alamos (NM), 2008.
Stone Curves Tucson (AZ), 2008.
Borderlands Magazine Austin (TX), 2008.
American Library Association L.A. (CA), 2008.
Prairie Lights Iowa City (IA), 2008.
KGB Bar New York (NY), 2008.
Bluestockings New York (NY), 2008.
The Book Cellar Chicago (IL), 2008.
Maria’s Bookshop Durango (CO), 2008.
Tattered Cover Bookstore Denver (CO), 2008.
Boulder Bookstore, Boulder (CO), 2008.
Barnes & Nobles El Paso (TX), 2008.
Elliot Bay Book Company Seattle (WA), 2008.
Yellow Pine Reading Series Boulder (CO), 2008.
Cannon Mine Reading Series Boulder (CO), 2007.
NPR, Reading & discussion on Native America Calling 2007.
Copperfield’s Macomb (IL), 2007.
Harold Washington University Chicago (IL), 2007.
Borders Albuquerque (NM), 2007.
Borders Santa Fe (NM), 2007.
New Mexico State University Las Cruces (NM), 2007.
West End conference Albuquerque (NM), 2007.
Indian Market Santa Fe (NM), 2007.
CUNY, reading at Mercantile Library New York (NY), 2007.
University of Iowa Native American Arts & Culture Week, Iowa City (IA), 2007.
Western Illinois University Faculty Reading, Macomb, (IL), 2006.
University of Iowa Native American Literature class, Iowa City (IA), 2006.
Fiction Magazine, New York (NY), 2005.

Classes Taught


Fiction Workshop, Intermediate.
Fiction Workshop, Advanced.
Poetry Workshop, Intermediate.
Poetry Workshop, Advanced.

Introduction to Personal Narrative and Memoir.
Introduction to Creative Writing, workshop.



Masterpieces of British Literature
Masterpieces of American Literature
Survey of Ethnic Literature
Modern and Contemporary Literature
Introduction to American Literature
Survey of African American Literature.
Introduction to Native American Literature.
Introduction to Poetry.
Introduction to Fiction.



Composition I.
Composition II.


Graduate Level Teaching

Advanced Fiction, Workshop
Literature and Place.


Related Work Experience

Fishtrap faculty fiction workshop, 2015.
Literature course for Jr. High Students (summer program) Iowa City (IA), 2009.
Arizona Arts Reach (Workshop for Jr. High Students Tohono O’odham Reservation) AZ, 2008.
Upward Bound (teacher) Native American High School Students, 2002.
Equity and Diversity (Assistant) Editing Newsletter and general, 2002.
Tutor, Fort Lewis College 1997.



Linda Grover, Writer and Professor (lgrover@d.umn.edu),
Department of English, University of Minnesota, Duluth.

David Stevenson, Writer and Professor (ddsteve@gmail.com),
Department of English, University of Alaska, Anchorage.

David Treuer, Writer and Professor (davidtreuer@gmail.com),
Department of English, University of Southern California.

Stephen Graham Jones, Writer and Professor (banditboy@gmail.com),
Department of English, University of Colorado.

Service Activities

Department Committees/Service

Coordinating Committee, current.
Interviewed by students on issues related to my writing career, publications or for issues relating to Native Americans 2005-present.
Reading for Boiler Room Series (on campus, generated & run by a departmental faculty member exclusively for students and faculty) 2014.
Visited classes to recruit for 285 (Introduction to Creative Writing) 2008-2014.
Speaker’s Committee 2009-2011.
Letters of recommendation for students 2005-2014.
Visited Feminist Theory and Practice 2008.
Appeared as part of the faculty panel for English 588 2005.
Substitute for Grade Appeals and Academic Integrity Committee 2010.
Faculty Readings, participated & aided in 2009-2010.
Search Committee (nonfiction hire, canceled) 2009.
Search Committee (fiction, Charles Mcleod hired) 2008.
English Graduate Committee 2005-2008.
Creative Writing Festival 2005.


University Committees/Service

Sustainability Committee, current.
Coordinator for student readings for students from the entire university, and community, featuring creative writing students from 2008-2013.
Participant as judge then co-ordinator for Lois C. Bruner and Cordell Larner Creative Writing Awards, a university-wide creative writing contest 2005-present.
Elements advisor (a magazine that for all university students) 2005-2013.
Coordinator for Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case Writer-in-Residence, a foundation grant that draws people in from the entire university, and community, for readings for nationally recognized writers. Writers/Dates:
Coordinator Fred Ewing Case & Lola Austin Case Writer in Residence (a foundation activity for Roxane Gay, 2014.
Coordinator Fred Ewing Case & Lola Austin Case Writer in Residence for Kim Addonizio, 2013.
Coordinator Fred Ewing Case & Lola Austin Case Writer in Residence for Manuel Munoz, 2012.
Coordinator Fred Ewing Case & Lola Austin Case Writer in Residence for David Gessner, 2012.
Coordinator Fred Ewing Case & Lola Austin Case Writer in Residence for Susan Power, 2011.
Coordinator Fred Ewing Case & Lola Austin Case Writer in Residence for David Treuer, 2010.
American Indian Faculty Association (brought in Native American Writers to read for all university students, faculty and staff) 2006-2009: Reading for poets Sherwin Bitsui, Marianne Broyles & Layli Longsoldier 2009 & Coordinator for Reading for poet Sherwin Bitsui 2009.
Coordinator Fred Ewing & Lola Austin Case Writer in Residence for Eden Robinson, 2008.
Coordinator Fred Ewing & Lola Austin Case Writer in Residence for Mandy Smoker-Broaddus, 2007.
University Cultural Diversity Cadre 2005-2007.