Luci Tapahonso is originally from Shiprock, New Mexico and is Professor of English at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of three children’s books and six books of poetry including A Radiant Curve, which was awarded the Arizona Book Award for Poetry in 2009.
Professor Tapahonso received the 2006 “Lifetime Achievement” award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. She is recipient of a number of other awards including The 1998 Kansas Governor’s Art Award, and Distinguished Woman awards from the National Association of Women in Education and the Girl Scout Council of America. The Native Writers Circle of the Americas named Tapahonso the 1999 “Storyteller of the Year.” She is most honored by being asked to serve as Grand Marshal for the Northern Navajo Fair Parade in 1991 and 1999 in her home community of Shiprock, New Mexico.
Professor Tapahonso’s work has appeared in many print and media productions in the U.S. and internationally. Her poems have been translated into German, Italian and French. She was featured in Rhino Records’ CDs, “In Their Own Voices: A Century of American Poetry” and “Poetry on Record: 98 American Poets Read Their Work” and in the PBS films: “The Desert is No Lady,” “Art of the Wild,” and “Woven by the Grandmothers: An Exhibition of 19th Century Navajo Textiles,” and “American Passages: The Works of Leslie Silko, Luci Tapahonso and Simon J. Ortiz.”