Chelsea T. Hicks is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts’ MFA in creative writing, and holds an MA from the University of California at Davis. She is a Tulsa Artist Fellow and a Native Arts & Cultures Foundation LIFT Awardee. Her writing has been published in Poetry magazine, McSweeney’s, Yellow Medicine Review, the LA Review of Books, Indian Country Today, the Believer, The Audacity, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. Her advocacy includes work with Northern and Southern California Osage diaspora groups, and heritage language creative writing and revitalization workshops. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma on ancestral land. Chelsea T. Hicks is the author of the forthcoming collection of short stories, A Calm & Normal Heart.
Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is the author of the novels SAVAGE TONGUES (Mariner, 2021) and CALL ME ZEBRA (Mariner, 2018) which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the John Gardner Award, and was long listed for the PEN Open Book Award. It has been translated into Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish and Romanian and was published in the UK by Alma Books, a division of Bloomsbury. She received a 2015 Whiting Writers' Award and was a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree for her debut novel, FRA KEELER (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2012). She is the Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Notre Dame, a Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and the founder of Literatures of Annihilation, Exile & Resistance.