About Me

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Crisosto Apache is originally from Mescalero, New Mexico (US), on the Mescalero Apache Reservation, and currently lives in the Denver metro area in Colorado, with their spouse. They are Mescalero Apache, Chiricahua Apache, and Diné (Navajo) of the 'Áshįįhí (Salt Clan) born for the Kinyaa'áanii (Towering House Clan) and are Associate Professor of English at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. They hold an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Crisosto’s debut collection is GENESIS (Lost Alphabet). Crisosto’s second poetry collection is Ghostword (Gnashing Teeth Publication). Versions of some of the poems in this collection have appeared in The Rumpus, Loch Raven Review, the Poetry Foundation’s POETRY Magazine, ANMLY Magazine, Digging Through The Fat, McGraw Hill Publishing, and most recently When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through (WW Norton), edited by Joy Harjo, et. al. 

They continue advocacy work for the Native American Indigenous LGBTQ / Two-spirit identity. 

Crisosto has book reviews for the Native American Anthology Visit Tee-Pee Town (Coffee House Press 1999), published in the Poetry Project publication, Issue 175, June 1999, and Janice Gould's poetry collection Seed (Head Mistress Press) published in the Transmotion Literary Journal, vol. 6 no. 2 (2020): winter 2020 (UK). 

Their dedication to poetry remains a passion. They are currently an editor-at-large for The Offing Magazine