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Mud City is an online literary journal promoting the ideals and vision of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Low Residency MFA Program.


Poetry Staff

Michaelsun Stonesweat Knapp, of the Costanoan-Rumsen Carmel Band of Ohlone Indians, is an MFA candidate at the Institute of American Indian Arts, by way of Los Angeles County, with a BA in English lit from CSU San Bernardino, and two AAs from Mount San Antonio College. Nominated for a 2016 Pushcart, and winner of the Muse Times Two Poetry Award, he is also a 2016 Periphery Poets Fellow, poetry editor for Mud City, and now curates the Claremont West Reading Series. He has published over 80 pieces across the United States and Internet, and his most recent publications are forthcoming in the Yellow Medicine Review, and Red Ink.

Kate O'Neill is an MFA student in Poetry at IAIA. She has had work published in numerous journals and anthologies such as Voices of New Mexico, vol. 3 and The Journal of War, Literature and the Arts. She lives in Taos with her partner, artist/musician Ginger Mongiello.

Adrian Quintanar, a lifelong resident of Pomona, California, located in traditional Tongva territory, earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is currently a first year MFA candidate in Poetry at IAIA. When not reading or writing poetry, he enjoys reading all things examining indigeneity and colonization, both historical and contemporary. He has yet to be published, as he is practicing publication-celibacy until the time is right, and special--or at least until he becomes more skilled.  

Angie Trudell Vasquez is  a MFA Candidate in poetry at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She will graduate in May 2017. Poems are forthcoming in the Yellow Medicine Review and flash fiction in Basta: 100+ Latinas Against Gender Violence. She was recently published in the San Diego Annual Review and was a panelist in April 2016 at Split This Rock! She was nominated for a Pushcart in 2015. Her words, poetry, essays and op-eds, have appeared in print, online, and on stage, nationally and internationally. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Fiction Fiction Staff 

Rowena Alegría is an award-winning reporter, editor and columnist as well as a Mayoral speech writer, aspiring novelist and mother of four.  A candidate for an MFA in Fiction from the Indian American Institute of Arts, she's at work on a fictional memoir.  She lives in Denver.

Brendan Basham is Diné, born in Alaska and raised in Arizona. He received a B.A from The Evergreen State College, and is working on his MFA at IAIA. His poetry and fiction has appeared in Sheepshead Review, Juked, and is forthcoming in Yellow Medicine Review. He was a resident of the Vermont Studio Center in 2015. He is writing a novel and works as a chef in Portland, OR.

Ira Thorpe Huff is Haudenosaunee and resides on the Tonawanda Seneca Nation near Buffalo, NY. He received his BA in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He lives with his grandfather and his dog.

Taylor Leatrice Werner is a fiction writer from the Pacific Northwest. She earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Washington University. Her interdisciplinary concentration was called Catharsis: Writing the Shadows. Now, Taylor is pursuing an MFA in fiction at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She’s working on her first novel. Although she is usually on the move with her young one, Taylor sitings are generally most frequent in New Mexico. Taylor is the creator of

Nonfiction Staff

Marlena Gates is Maricopa, a part of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Tribe of Arizona. She was raised in Stockton, California and received her Bachelors from University of California, Davis in 2010. She is currently working on her Master’s in Creative Nonfiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a writer of Poetry, nonfiction, fiction and sometimes all three at once. Blurred genre and disciplinary lines are her jouissance.

Sharon Franklet was born on the coast of Texas, and lives in rural northern New Mexico where, in her favorite moments, she sits and watches. Her writing often focuses on resistance and submission to the forceful control of our bodies and lives, and sometimes on the Earth’s beauty.

Helga Schimkat lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but grew up on Long Island and lived in New York City for a few years. Helga is a candidate for an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and hopes to graduate in May 2017. She is studied creative nonfiction for two years and is now working in fiction.  

Faculty Advisors

Santee Frazier