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Sherwin Bitsui

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Occupation  Writer, painter
Books  Flood Song, Shapeshift
Name  Sherwin Bitsui
Notable works  Floodsong
Genre  Poetry

Sherwin Bitsui Sherwin Bitsui Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

Notable awards  American Book Award; PEN Open Book Award
Education  Institute of American Indian Arts, University of Arizona
Awards  American Book Awards, Whiting Awards

Sherwin bitsui

Sherwin Bitsui (born 1974 Fort Defiance, Arizona) is originally from Baaʼoogeedí (White Cone, Arizona), on the Navajo Nation. His book, Floodsong, won the American Book Award and the PEN Open Book Award.


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He is Navajo of the Todichʼíiʼnii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tłʼízíłání (Many Goats Clan).

He holds an AFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing Program. He is the recipient of the 2000-01 Individual Poet Grant from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, the 1999 Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship, a Soul Mountain Residency, a Lannan Foundation Literary Residency Fellowship and a 2006 Whiting Award. In 2012, he was honored with an NACF Artist Fellowship in Literature. He has served in visiting faculty positions, including distinguished visiting, Eminent Writer for the University of Wyoming, Visiting Hugo Writer University of Montana, and San Diego State University, where he has been on creative writing faculty since 2013. Also, since 2013, he has served on the faculty of the Institute of American Indian Arts in the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing program.

Sherwin has published poems in American Poet, The Iowa Review, Frank (Paris), Lit Magazine, and elsewhere. His poems were also anthologized in Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century and Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas.

Many of Bitsui's poems explore how different values, concepts and ideas become when experienced in Navaho as opposed to English.

Currently, he lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Selected works


  • Flood Song. Copper Canyon Press. 2009. ISBN 978-1-55659-308-6. 
  • Shapeshift. University of Arizona Press. 2003. ISBN 978-0-8165-2342-9. 
  • References

    Sherwin Bitsui Wikipedia

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