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Just as Cassandra presaged the fall of Troy, the apocalypse brings out women-seers, even if their sight is often named sorcery. Join these six women, who may or may not have witch-like powers, but who have seen and have something to say about all kinds of ends of the worlds.
Jenn Givhan is a Mexican-American poet and novelist (author of Trinity Sight and Jubilee), who grew up in the Imperial Valley, a small, border community in the Southern California desert. Her family has ancestral ties to the indigenous peoples of New Mexico. She earned my MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina and her Master’s in English Literature at California State University Fullerton.
Tiffany Midge is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, and was raised by wolves in the Pacific Northwest. Her book “Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s” was a finalist for a 2020 Washington State Book Award. She’s the recipient of the Kenyon Review Earthworks Indigenous Poetry Prize, a Pushcart Prize, a Simons Public Humanities Fellowship, and an Eliza So Fellowship. Midge resides in the Inland Northwest.
Devon A. Mihesuah, an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is the Cora Lee Beers Price Professor at the University of Kansas and the former editor of the American Indian Quarterly. She is the author of numerous award-winning books, including Ned Christie, Choctaw Crime and Punishment, Recovering Our Ancestors' Gardens, and the novels Roads of My Relations and Document of Expectations.
Kathryn Nuernberger's latest book is The Witch of Eye, which is about witches and witch trials. She is also the author of the poetry collections, RUE, The End of Pink and Rag & Bone, as well as a collection of lyric essays, Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past. Her awards include the James Laughlin Prize, an NEA, and notable essays in the Best American series. She teaches for the MFA program at University of Minnesota.
Alison Stine is the author of the novel Road Out of Winter (MIRA Books/HarperCollins), The Rumpus Book Club selection, recipient of starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist, and a finalist for the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award. Her other books and chapbook include three poetry collections, most recently Wait, winner of the Brittingham Prize. Her next novel, Trashlands (MIRA Books/HarperCollins), releases in October 2021.
Nicole Walker is the author of the forthcoming Processed Meats: Essays on Food, Flesh and Navigating Disaster and the books The After-Normal: Brief, Alphabetical Essays on a Changing Planet, Sustainability: A Love Story, Where the Tiny Things Are, Egg, Micrograms, and Quench Your Thirst with Salt. Her essays have been noted in the Best American Series. She teaches in the MFA program at Northern Arizona University.