Qwo-Li Driskill

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Template:Cleanup Qwo-Li Driskill (born 1975) is a Native American poet, Two-Spirit and Queer activist. S/he is a non-citizen Cherokee Asegi who wrote Walking with Ghosts: Poems (2005) and co-edited (with Chris Finley, Brian Joseph Gilly, and Scott Lauria Morgensen) Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature (2011) and Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature.[1] (with Daniel Heath Justice, Deborah Miranda, and Lisa Tatonetti). S/he is currently an Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Oregon State University.[2] Qwo-Li Driskill is also the founder of Dragonfly Rising Press.

Qwo-Li Driskill
Born 1975-
Occupation Poet, Professor, Activist
Nationality Cherokee Asegi
Literary movement Native American Renaissance

Early Life and Education

Qwo-Li Driskill grew up in Colorado and earned hir BA from the University of Northern Colorado, an MA from Antioch University Seattle, and PhD from Michigan State University.[3] S/he has taught classes at Antioch University Seattle, Michigan State University and Oregon State University.[4]

Hir[5] has taught classes in hir professional career such as:

Introduction to Queer Studies (QS/WGSS 262).

Trans/gender Politics (QS/WGSS 374).

Arts & Social Justice (QS/WGSS/ES 375).

Queer of Color Critiques (QS/WGSS/ES 531).

Queer Theories (QS/WGSS/ES 462/562).

Indigenous Queer and Two-Spirit Studies (QS/WGSS/ES 472/572).

Queer & Trans People of Color Arts & Activism. (QS/WGSS/ES 477/577).

Systems of Oppression in Women's Lives. (WGSS 514).[5]

Literary career

Qwo-Li Driskill has published poems such as "(Auto)biography of Mad" and "Tal’-s-go Gal’-quo-gi Di-del’-qua-s-do-di Tsa-la-gi Di-go-whe-li/ Beginning Cherokee". Hir book of poems, Walking with Ghosts: Poems, "was named Book of the Month by Sable: The LitMag for New Writing and was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize.[3]



Walking with Ghosts: Poems

Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory (forthcoming in 2016)

Anthology Contributions

Beyond Masculinity: Essays by Queer Men on Gender and Politics (2008)

Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry (2003)

Edited Collections and Anthologies

Scars Tell Stories: A Queer and Trans (Dis)ability Zine (2007)

Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature (2011)

Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature


Conference on College Composition and Communication, National Council of Teachers of English. Stonewall Service Award. 2014.

Oregon State University. School of Language, Culture, and Society. Social Justice & Diversity Award. 2013.

Trans 100. 2013.

Pushcart Prize Nominee. 2011 & 2012.[5]


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