Santee Frazier

2011 SAR Indigenous Writer-in-Residence

In early 2011, the School for Advanced Research was pleased to welcome Cherokee poet Santee Frazier as the inaugural SAR Indigenous Writer-in-Residence, generously supported by the Lannan Foundation. The author of Dark Thirty (2009), a collection of loosely autobiographical poems about journeying through Cherokee Country, Frazier writes work that falls into the documentary poetic tradition. Through his writing, he attempts to recreate Indigenous/Cherokee thinking in the English language, making new culture in poetic form. While at SAR, Frazier worked on multiple pieces inspired by his time in Santa Fe. He also furthered the development of his character Mangled Creekbed, who appears often in the poems of Dark Thirty.

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Frazier has won numerous awards and honors, including the Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship (2009), Syracuse University Fellowship (2006–2009), and the Fine Arts Work Center’s Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation Scholarship (2007). His poems have appeared in American Poet, Narrative Magazine, Ontario Review, and other literary journals. He holds a BFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA in creative writing from Syracuse University.

Find out more about Santee Frazier by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

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