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Tacey M. Atsitty, Diné (Navajo), is Tsénahabiłnii (Sleep Rock People) and born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle People). She was born in Logan, UT, grew up in Kirtland, NM but is originally from Cove, AZ.
She holds bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University (2004) and the Institute of American Indian Arts (2009), and an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University (2011). Atsitty is a recipient of the Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship, the Corson-Browning Poetry Prize, Morning Star Creative Writing Award, and the Philip Freund Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, EPOCH, Kenyon Review Online, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, New Poets of Native Nations, and other publications. Her first book is Rain Scald (University of New Mexico Press, 2018).
Atsitty occasionally judges high school poetry slams in the Salt Lake and Utah Valley areas. She is the poetry editor for Eggtooth Editions chapbook contest and is a member of the Rock Canyon Poets Society. She recently served as a contributing editor for the forthcoming Norton Anthology for Native American Poets with guest editor Joy Harjo, along with other poets.
She is the director of the Navajo Film Festival, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake, a member of Advisory Council for BYU’s Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, coordinates the Native American Program and organizes the Intermountain All-Women Hoop Dance Competition at This is the Place Heritage