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Mission: IAIA Alumni Mission Statement: To empower and provide support by engaging alumni in the interest of sustaining and promoting the growth and development of the Institute of American Indian Arts.

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Open Call :)
02/08/2021

Open Call :)

Attention Artists,

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Announces Open Call for Social Change and Emerging Artist Support Programs.

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is pleased to announce its open call for two new award programs. After a year of strategic planning and working closely with our network of artists, grantees and stakeholders, NACF moves into its second decade with SHIFT, a two-year program designed to support artist and community-driven projects responding to social, environmental or economic justice issues through a Native lens. NACF is also launching LIFT, a one-year award and early career support program for emerging Native artists to develop and realize new projects.

SHIFT PROGRAM-

NACF is now accepting Letters of Interest for the SHIFT–Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts program. SHIFT is a two-year award that includes financial resources, professional development, artist/stakeholder convening, cross-sector collaboration, evaluation, exhibiting and presenting opportunities for Native artists, cultural practitioners, and community partners. The program’s focus is to bring attention to Native communities to shift a national narrative of invisibility, misunderstanding and misappropriation. SHIFT will provide invaluable resources for project development, production and presentation for artists and their collaborators.

Eligible Letters of Interest must include both a Native artist applicant (individual or an artist collective) and a partner organization/co-applicant working in dance/choreography, fiction/poetry writing, film/video, multi-disciplinary arts, music, performance art, theater and screenplay writing, traditional arts, or 2D + 3D visual arts. Artist applicant must be an enrolled member or citizen of a federally-recognized or state-recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native corporation, or of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Partner organization/co-applicants must be a US-based non-profit organization, for-profit business, or tribal agency working in collaboration with Native artists or Native artist collectives. We encourage artists to apply who: have experience developing projects focused on engaging communities and the public to address community issues; build upon community cultural assets; and partner with organizations to develop and present the work.

SHIFT is a monetary award totaling $100,000 for two years, with $50,000 of the award earmarked for the lead artist or artist collective. Up to ten projects will be selected to receive SHIFT awards.

For a full description of the award, eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit http://bit.ly/NACF-shift.

The deadline to submit the online Letter of Interest form for SHIFT is Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.

LIFT PROGRAM-

NACF is also accepting applications for the LIFT–Early Career Support for Native Artists program. LIFT will provide one-year awards for early-career Native artists to develop and realize new projects. The program’s focus is to provide financial support and professional development to artists whose work aims to uplift communities and advance positive social change.

Eligible applicants must be individual Native artists working in dance/choreography, fiction/poetry writing, film/video, multi-disciplinary arts, music, performance art, theater and screenplay writing, traditional arts, or 2D + 3D visual arts. Artist applicant must be an enrolled member or citizen of a federally-recognized or state-recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native corporation, or of Native Hawaiian ancestry. We encourage artists to apply who are shaping their practices and for whom the award may serve as a launching point in their career.

LIFT is a monetary award of $10,000 for a proposed project with $2,500 earmarked for the artist’s benefit and wellbeing. Up to twenty artists will be selected to receive LIFT awards.

For a full description of the award, eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit http://bit.ly/NACF-lift.

The deadline to submit the online application form for LIFT is Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.

To learn more about the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation visit www.nativeartsandcultures.org

Check out this article written by MFA Alumni and Student Council Member George Cramer on Alumni Cristosto Apache. "It is...
01/28/2021
Crisosto Apache - Poet - Educator - Leader - Author George Cramer

Check out this article written by MFA Alumni and Student Council Member George Cramer on Alumni Cristosto Apache.

"It is fascinating to me to examine the interaction of language and the mapped direction the language interaction takes me, which resembles the action of “unfolding” or “uncovering."

https://gdcramer.com/2021/01/28/crisosto-apache-poet-teacher-leader/

Mescalero / Chiricahua Apache and Diné Navajo from New Mexico. Crisosto Apache is an alumnus from Insitute of American Indian Arts (AFA 1992 / MFA 2015) and Metropolitan State University of Denver (BA, 2013) for English and Creative Writing. His work also includes Native LGBTQI / ‘two spirit’ a...

For those who might be interested in this webinar. It's not just for students but also or those who may be interested in...
01/26/2021

For those who might be interested in this webinar. It's not just for students but also or those who may be interested in the Hiring Process for Federal Employment.

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OFCCP’s HBCU, HSI and TCU Student Webinar Applying for Federal Employment
Hosted by the Southwest and Rocky Mountain Region OFCCP and OASAM
Do you have an interest in starting a career in the Federal Government? Please join us on January 27, 2021 from 12:30 p.m. -2:00 p.m. Central Time to learn about the federal hiring process. The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration & Management (OASAM) will share information on the following:
• How to Prepare a Federal Resume • Navigating USAJobs Website • How to Apply for a Federal Job

We welcome Students and University Staff to participate in this webinar. SPACE IS LIMITED! Guarantee your spot by registering today.

If you have any questions or need webinar accommodations, please contact Allen Boyd at [email protected] or Monica Hoflich at [email protected].

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ofccps-hbcu-hsi-and-tcu-student-webinar-applying-for-federal-employment-tickets-133997549277

IAIA Alumni's cover photo
01/20/2021

IAIA Alumni's cover photo

01/20/2021
Duel Enrollment Faculty Nancy Jobe, bringing the Christmas cheer with her painting and prints available.  You can find h...
12/17/2020

Duel Enrollment Faculty Nancy Jobe, bringing the Christmas cheer with her painting and prints available. You can find her website on our IAIA Virtual Holiday Market page at
https://iaia.edu/philanthropy/market-place/

Oglala Lakhota artist, Mikayla Patton was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation near the Paha Sapa (Black Hills)...
12/17/2020

Oglala Lakhota artist, Mikayla Patton was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation near the Paha Sapa (Black Hills) of South Dakota. She works in the realms of printmaking and paper making incorporating other materials as her work moves. The roots of her Lakota lineage are found throughout the ways she thinks, creates, views, and navigates her artistic pathway.

In 2019, Patton received her Bachelors of Fine Art in printmaking from the Institute of American Indian. Her work has been in groups exhibitions across the nation and in Bristol UK. The multimedia artist’s first solo show opened on August 28 of this year at the Hecho A Mano in Santa Fe N.M. Patton is also a 2020 First Peoples Fund fellow and the Indian Arts Research Center fellow alum. Currently, Patton is based in Roswell New Mexico through the RAIR Foundation as a fellow and where she will reside for the next year.

You can find her website on our IAIA Virtual Market page along with others at
https://iaia.edu/philanthropy/market-place/

Monica comes from the Pueblos of San Felipe and Santo Domingo; she is a third generation Silversmith and fifth Generatio...
12/17/2020

Monica comes from the Pueblos of San Felipe and Santo Domingo; she is a third generation Silversmith and fifth Generation Traditional potter. Being from two of the most culturally traditional pueblos, she has worked to develop her own style in both mediums; her
silver work is composed primarily of contemporary designs that reflect the designs learned from family teachings, and the pottery Monica creates is traditional from the collection of earth materials to her extremely primitive style of firing. While Monica works in both mediums most of her focus has been concentrated on pottery, she has spent time refining her technique and has
developed her own style that is a bi-chrome red to black transition done during the firing process. This process has led to several achievements including a Emerging artist of the year award and
being included as one of seven traditional potters left in San Felipe Pueblo.

You can find more artists like Monica at IAIA's Virtual Market Place at https://iaia.edu/philanthropy/market-place/

This is a notice for all of Indian Country from the NIH:Tune in! Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. ET, NIAID Director Dr. Antho...
12/15/2020

This is a notice for all of Indian Country from the NIH:
Tune in! Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. ET, NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and NIH Tribal Health Research Office Director Dr. David Wilson will be addressing important questions about COVID-19 research and vaccines from a Tribal perspective during a live Q&A on NIH’s Facebook and Twitter profiles. Dr. Wilson will be asking Dr. Fauci some of the most common questions he’s heard from AI/AN communities.

You are welcome to share posts from THRO’s Facebook profile, as well as NIH’s Facebook or Twitter profiles. Attached you’ll find a shareable graphic for Facebook/Twitter and Instagram. After this event, which will be recorded and archived for viewing, we plan to make an audio file available that could air on Tribal radio stations and other outlets to help reach as many American Indians and Alaska Natives as possible.


Facebook
(For Posting Today) Join @nih.gov on 12/15 at 2 p.m. ET for a live event with @niaid.nih Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and @NIHTribalHealth Director Dr. David Wilson as they address important questions surrounding #COVID19 research, clinical trials, and vaccines within American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
(For Posting Tomorrow) Tune in LIVE TODAY 12/15 at 2 p.m. ET when @NIHTribalHealth Director Dr. David Wilson asks @niaid.nih Director Dr. Anthony Fauci important questions about #COVID19 research and #vaccines from an American Indian and Alaska Native perspective.

Twitter
(For Posting Today) Join @NIH live on 12/15 at 2 p.m. ET for a chat with @NIAIDNews Director Dr. Anthony Fauci & #NIH Tribal Health Research Office Director Dr. David Wilson about the importance of #COVID19 research, clinical trials & vaccines within American Indian & Alaska Native communities.
(For Posting Tomorrow) LIVE TODAY at 2 p.m. ET: Hear @NIH Tribal Health Research Office Director Dr. David Wilson ask @NIAIDNews Director Dr. Anthony Fauci important questions about #COVID19 research and #vaccines from an #AIAN perspective.

Instagram
American Indians & Alaska Natives are disproportionately affected by #COVID19. Tune in live to @nihgov’s Facebook or Twitter profile on 12/15 at 2 p.m. ET to hear @NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci & NIH Tribal Health Research Office Director Dr. David Wilson answer important questions for Tribal communities about COVID-19 research & vaccines.

#NIH #coronavirus #clinicialtrial #vaccineresearch #science #publichealth #AIAN #AlaskaNative #AmericanIndian #NativeAmerican

Avis Charley (Spirit Lake Dakota/ Diné), IAIA Alumni, is a mother and an artist. She was born and raised in Los Angeles,...
12/14/2020

Avis Charley (Spirit Lake Dakota/ Diné), IAIA Alumni, is a mother and an artist. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Charley is a painter and a ledger artist using color pencils on antique documents. She enjoys depicting Native empowerment using the female form as her main subject. Charley relishes bringing attention to and celebrating the evolution of the Native identity, from the pre-reservation period to the present day, from ancestral homelands to city life. Charley is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts.

You can find Avis's Website along with others at IAIA's Virtual Holiday Market at https://iaia.edu/philanthropy/market-place/.

Staff Member of IAIA Darby Raymond-Overstreet a member of a collaborative effort by a group of Native American/Indigenou...
12/14/2020

Staff Member of IAIA Darby Raymond-Overstreet a member of a collaborative effort by a group of Native American/Indigenous Women who love to bead called Just Beaded Things. Everything on their page is handmade by this collaboration of women.

You can find their page at our IAIA's Virtual Holiday Market at https://iaia.edu/philanthropy/market-place/.

Native Curator, founded by IAIA Alumni Karl Duncan has a selection of designs to support Native values and traditions on...
12/09/2020

Native Curator, founded by IAIA Alumni Karl Duncan has a selection of designs to support Native values and traditions on contemporary fashion. As they continue to create more designs that are inspired by life and community. You can find link to Native Curator at the IAIA Virtual market at https://iaia.edu/philanthropy/market-place/ Along with other IAIA Artists.

IAIA Staff Member Melanie Kirby is a Tigua and Apache mestiza tribal member from Tortugas Pueblo in southern NM Co-found...
12/09/2020

IAIA Staff Member Melanie Kirby is a Tigua and Apache mestiza tribal member from Tortugas Pueblo in southern NM Co-founder of Zia QueenBee Co. established in 2005. A family-run and operated farm. Co-founder Mark Spitzig is originally from Michigan. Both tend the bees in the field and coordinate research projects. Their children, Buzz & Blossom help to sell products online and at area farmer markets and feast days. They own no land and thus, collaborate with their neighbors, organizations, institutions, and communities.

You can find other artists at our IAIA Virtual Holiday Market at
https://iaia.edu/philanthropy/market-place/

Handmade Paper Arts & Crafts by Essi Ramirez, IAIA Student in our Museum Studies Certificate Program sharing her one of ...
12/08/2020

Handmade Paper Arts & Crafts by Essi Ramirez, IAIA Student in our Museum Studies Certificate Program sharing her one of a Kind Paper Stationery Since 2006, Made in Chicago. Always Made with Love.

You can find other artists at our IAIA Virtual Holiday Market at
https://iaia.edu/philanthropy/market-place/

IAIA Alumni make the list of 5 Natives Americans Artist you should know. Congratulations to Frank Buffalo Hyde.
12/07/2020
5 Native American artists you should know

IAIA Alumni make the list of 5 Natives Americans Artist you should know. Congratulations to Frank Buffalo Hyde.

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a time to appreciate the achievements and contributions of Native American peoples across the United States. In honor of this month, here are five Native American artists whose work provides a glimpse into the beauty and diversity of Indigenous cu...

Take a look at Peterson Yazzie as he walks you through a water painting. You may find more of his works at the IAIA Virt...
12/07/2020
Pals Watercolor VIDEO

Take a look at Peterson Yazzie as he walks you through a water painting. You may find more of his works at the IAIA Virtual Holiday Market at https://iaia.edu/philanthropy/market-place/ along with other IAIA Artists.

Peterson Yazzie, Contemporary Native Artist "Pals", Watercolor on paper. 2020 This video shows a watercolor painting from start to finish. I find watercolor ...

Local IAIA Artists Please look into this opportunity. Poeh Cultual Center is awarding over $32,500 in emergency relief g...
12/07/2020
Support

Local IAIA Artists Please look into this opportunity.

Poeh Cultual Center is awarding over $32,500 in emergency relief grants, providing funds to local Native Artists who have lost income as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Closed when funds are depleted
Native Artists residing in New Mexico
Age 21 years and older
Coronavirus Impact Statement required
Round II only available for Artists not funded in Round I
Funded in part by the First Nations Development Institute, McCune Foundation, NDN Collective and the Poeh Cultural Center.

Find resources and support for Native artists and community. Grants, Training and Marketplace.

As part of #givingtuesday IAIA is focusing on scholarships. As Alumni, we all understand the importance of scholarships,...
12/01/2020

As part of #givingtuesday IAIA is focusing on scholarships. As Alumni, we all understand the importance of scholarships, and how much that helped us pave the way for our education. If you wish to contribute to #givingtuesday please consider giving to the IAIA Scholarship fund for our future artists.

This #GivingTuesday, you can give the gift of peace of mind to an Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) student by making a donation to the IAIA Scholarship Fund. The IAIA Scholarship Fund helps to reduce the financial burden of school, giving students the opportunity to focus more on their studies and less on how they will pay for it. Currently, over 85% of IAIA students receive some form of financial aid, and these students stay in school at twice the rate as students who do not receive financial support. Scholarships truly are vital to many of our students who may otherwise have to forgo a college education, and with your incredible generosity, we can continue to provide this invaluable resource to IAIA students.

To make a donation, visit https://iaia.wufoo.com/forms/institute-of-american-indian-arts-iaia-donations/.

Photograph by Jason S. Ordaz, Institute of American Indian Arts

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Hi everyone! I'm not sure if this is of interest, but a few pretty great Native American artists are sharing their experiences in producing public art in an upcoming (free) webinar. Check it out if you're interested in learning more!
Today’s Spotlight falls on Kathryn “Kat” Wilder. Her story and writing are inspiring. We share an appreciation of Joy Harjo as the catalyst for our study in the MFA Low-Rez program. Kat as a friend, and me as a student exposed to Joy’s work. Here in her own words, is Kat’s story: In 2017, I graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with an MFA in creative nonfiction. This followed a Master of Arts degree in creative writing from Northern Arizona University earned twenty-five years earlier. In the years in between, I edited two anthologies (Walking the Twilight: Women Writers of the Southwest and Walking the Twilight II) and co-authored two children’s books (Forbidden Talent with Redwing T. Nez and Sunpainters: Eclipse of the Navajo Sun with Baje Whitethorne (no byline in this one)). I also wrote unpublished novels, and found my strongest voice in the genre of creative nonfiction—my articles and essays have appeared in many periodicals and literary reviews, and essays have been listed as Notable in The Best American Essays. During and since my time at IAIA, I was the 2016 winter Artist-in-Residence at Denali National Park and Preserve, a finalist for the 2016 and 2019 Ellen Meloy Fund Desert Writers Award, and 2018 finalist for the Waterston Desert Writing Prize. Two essays were finalists for the Crab Orchard Review’s Rafael Torch Literary Nonfiction Award in 2016, and additional publications include the following: • “Withdrawal” in Torrey House Press’s “That Thing with Feathers: Hope and Literature in the Time of Pandemic” (https://www.torreyhouse.org/single-post/2020/04/22/That-Thing-with-Feathers-Hope-and-Literature-in-a-Time-of-Pandemic); • “Sex on Slickrock” in New Millennium Writings Musepaper (https://musepaper.org/2019/sex-on-slickrock-by-kathryn-wilder/); • “The Weight of It” in Contra Viento’s “Open Range” (https://contravientojournal.org/the-weight-of-it/); • “Getting Ready” in Deserts: The First Five Years of the Waterston Desert Writing Prize. • “Grounded” in High Desert Journal (https://www.highdesertjournal.com/copy-of-28-10); • “October” in River Teeth‘s “Beautiful Things” (https://www.riverteethjournal.com/blog/2019/02/18/october; • “Fubar” in The Southwest Anthology: The Best of the Writing Programs, Texas A&M University Press. • “Geology of My Body” and “Into the Dread” in the 2017 IAIA Student Anthology. • “An Outsider Inside Denali National Park and Preserve,” National Park Service (https://www.nps.gov/dena/getinvolved/air-wilder.htm); and • “Where hope, science and mustangs meet” in High Country News’s “Writers on the Range” (http://www.hcn.org/articles/pzp-where-hope-science-and-mustangs-meet). The best writing news is that Desert Chrome: Water, a Woman, and Wild Horses in the West, which evolved from my IAIA thesis, will be published by Torrey House Press in March of 2021 (!). The tale of a woman lost in grief who finds her way out by following mustangs, Desert Chrome is based on personal backstory and the mustangs that share a fence with me at my home in Disappointment Valley, southwestern Colorado. I learned of IAIA’s MFA program through Joy Harjo in 2015. I immediately applied to the creative nonfiction portion with the hopeful intention of completing the manuscript under the guidance of IAIA’s stellar faculty, which at the time included Linda Hogan, one of my favorite authors ever—then and now. I was lucky to have Linda as a mentor, as well as Chip Livingston and Lidia Yuknavitch (Lidia for a year—wow!), and also to have workshops with Elissa Washuta, Melissa Febos, and Pam Houston in addition to Lidia. Fresh material written for Chip and from Lidia’s workshop have places in the book, all of the workshopped pieces are chapters in Desert Chrome, and six of the above-mentioned publications are part of Desert Chrome. Clearly, my writing and I have benefitted in myriad ways from my investment in IAIA and the low-rez MFA program’s investment in me. Not the least of these benefits is my lasting friendship with fellow alum Ina Leonard (whose piece in Orion can be found here: https://orionmagazine.org/2020/04/shore-leave/), and heartfelt exchanges with George Cramer, Elissa Washuta, and Melissa Febos, which continue to sustain me in these challenging times. In addition to writing, with my elder son, I run a ranch in Disappointment Valley and Dolores, Colorado, raise Criollo cattle, and sell grass-fed-and-finished beef at local farmers’ markets and restaurants. The ranch consists of about 19,000 acres of private, BLM, and USFS lands, and maybe it keeps us running more than we run it. Some weeks I hardly write at all. I leave at daylight and get home after dark, and while all I want to do is read and write, sleep overcomes. Today is the first time I’ve been home long enough to write several consecutive paragraphs. This will change next month when we move the cows up to the high country (9,000 feet), where grass and water and aspens abound. I envision writing in dToday’s Spotlight falls on Kathryn “Kat” Wilder. Her story and writing are inspiring. We share an appreciation of Joy Harjo as the catalyst for our study in the MFA Low-Rez program. Kat as a friend, and me as a student exposed to Joy’s work. Here in her own words, is Kat’s story: In 2017, I graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with an MFA in creative nonfiction. This followed a Master of Arts degree in creative writing from Northern Arizona University earned twenty-five years earlier. In the years in between, I edited two anthologies (Walking the Twilight: Women Writers of the Southwest and Walking the Twilight II) and co-authored two children’s books (Forbidden Talent with Redwing T. Nez and Sunpainters: Eclipse of the Navajo Sun with Baje Whitethorne (no byline in this one)). I also wrote unpublished novels, and found my strongest voice in the genre of creative nonfiction—my articles and essays have appeared in many periodicals and literary reviews, and essays have been listed as Notable in The Best American Essays. During and since my time at IAIA, I was the 2016 winter Artist-in-Residence at Denali National Park and Preserve, a finalist for the 2016 and 2019 Ellen Meloy Fund Desert Writers Award, and 2018 finalist for the Waterston Desert Writing Prize. Two essays were finalists for the Crab Orchard Review’s Rafael Torch Literary Nonfiction Award in 2016, and additional publications include the following: • “Withdrawal” in Torrey House Press’s “That Thing with Feathers: Hope and Literature in the Time of Pandemic” (https://www.torreyhouse.org/single-post/2020/04/22/That-Thing-with-Feathers-Hope-and-Literature-in-a-Time-of-Pandemic); • “Sex on Slickrock” in New Millennium Writings Musepaper (https://musepaper.org/2019/sex-on-slickrock-by-kathryn-wilder/); • “The Weight of It” in Contra Viento’s “Open Range” (https://contravientojournal.org/the-weight-of-it/); • “Getting Ready” in Deserts: The First Five Years of the Waterston Desert Writing Prize. • “Grounded” in High Desert Journal (https://www.highdesertjournal.com/copy-of-28-10); • “October” in River Teeth‘s “Beautiful Things” (https://www.riverteethjournal.com/blog/2019/02/18/october; • “Fubar” in The Southwest Anthology: The Best of the Writing Programs, Texas A&M University Press. • “Geology of My Body” and “Into the Dread” in the 2017 IAIA Student Anthology. • “An Outsider Inside Denali National Park and Preserve,” National Park Service (https://www.nps.gov/dena/getinvolved/air-wilder.htm); and • “Where hope, science and mustangs meet” in High Country News’s “Writers on the Range” (http://www.hcn.org/articles/pzp-where-hope-science-and-mustangs-meet). The best writing news is that Desert Chrome: Water, a Woman, and Wild Horses in the West, which evolved from my IAIA thesis, will be published by Torrey House Press in March of 2021 (!). The tale of a woman lost in grief who finds her way out by following mustangs, Desert Chrome is based on personal backstory and the mustangs that share a fence with me at my home in Disappointment Valley, southwestern Colorado. I learned of IAIA’s MFA program through Joy Harjo in 2015. I immediately applied to the creative nonfiction portion with the hopeful intention of completing the manuscript under the guidance of IAIA’s stellar faculty, which at the time included Linda Hogan, one of my favorite authors ever—then and now. I was lucky to have Linda as a mentor, as well as Chip Livingston and Lidia Yuknavitch (Lidia for a year—wow!), and also to have workshops with Elissa Washuta, Melissa Febos, and Pam Houston in addition to Lidia. Fresh material written for Chip and from Lidia’s workshop have places in the book, all of the workshopped pieces are chapters in Desert Chrome, and six of the above-mentioned publications are part of Desert Chrome. Clearly, my writing and I have benefitted in myriad ways from my investment in IAIA and the low-rez MFA program’s investment in me. Not the least of these benefits is my lasting friendship with fellow alum Ina Leonard (whose piece in Orion can be found here: https://orionmagazine.org/2020/04/shore-leave/), and heartfelt exchanges with George Cramer, Elissa Washuta, and Melissa Febos, which continue to sustain me in these challenging times. In addition to writing, with my elder son, I run a ranch in Disappointment Valley and Dolores, Colorado, raise Criollo cattle, and sell grass-fed-and-finished beef at local farmers’ markets and restaurants. The ranch consists of about 19,000 acres of private, BLM, and USFS lands, and maybe it keeps us running more than we run it. Some weeks I hardly write at all. I leave at daylight and get home after dark, and while all I want to do is read and write, sleep overcomes. Today is the first time I’ve been home long enough to write several consecutive paragraphs. This will change next month when we move the cows up to the high country (9,000 feet), where grass and water and aspens abound. I envision writing in dappled sunlight to the sounds of the breeze in the aspen leaves, the many different birdcalls up there, and the water trickling from snow-ponds to nourish the open meadows. Today, though, I have to force myself away from this writing-work to haul water for the cows still in Disappointment Valley, where a dry winter merged with a dry spring to make drought. There is too much to mourn these days—the loss of too many. The strife and tragedy on the nearby Navajo Nation and among Indigenous communities everywhere. The impacts of our sh*tty government under this uncaring “leader”—and so, despite physical and spiritual exhaustion, I will willingly turn my head to a calf bawling for its mother. Because that is one small crisis, I might be able to solve, riding out across the dry valley to find the corresponding cow. To bring one small family unit back together. Kathryn Wilder P.O. Box 479 Dolores, Colorado 81323 (808) 344-3554 [email protected] www.wilderhorses.live appled sunlight to the sounds of the breeze in the aspen leaves, the many different birdcalls up there, and the water trickling from snow-ponds to nourish the open meadows. Today, though, I have to force myself away from this writing-work to haul water for the cows still in Disappointment Valley, where a dry winter merged with a dry spring to make drought. There is too much to mourn these days—the loss of too many. The strife and tragedy on the nearby Navajo Nation and among Indigenous communities everywhere. The impacts of our sh*tty government under this uncaring “leader”—and so, despite physical and spiritual exhaustion, I will willingly turn my head to a calf bawling for its mother. Because that is one small crisis, I might be able to solve, riding out across the dry valley to find the corresponding cow. To bring one small family unit back together. Kathryn Wilder P.O. Box 479 Dolores, Colorado 81323 (808) 344-3554 [email protected] www.wilderhorses.live