Navajo poet Luci Tapahonso has published five books of poetry and three children's books over the past 20 years.
She was born and raised in Shiprock, N.M., and her poetry draws on her experiences as a Native American woman, and a woman of the West. She taught English and American Indian Studies at the University of Kansas for nine years before moving to Tucson, Az., in 1999, where she teaches at the University of Arizona. In addition to her teaching, she is active as a Native leader and advocate.
Tapahonso has served on the board of trustees for the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, on the board of directors of the American Indian Law Resource Center and on literature panels for the National Endowment for the Arts. Her efforts to establish the Indigenous Nations Studies Masters Degree Program at the University of Kansas earned her the 2002 American Indian Leadership Award.