Published on September 10, 2013 by Amy
James Thomas Stevens (born 1966) is an American poet and academic. He is a member of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation and currently teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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James Thomas Stevens was born in Niagara Falls, New York, and his Mohawk name is Aronhiótas. His father was a Welsh-American and his mother is Mohawk.
In 1993 Stevens earned his MFA in writing from Brown University Graduate Writing Program, where he had a full fellowship. He earned a Creative Writing AFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he received the Gerald Red Elk Scholarship in 1990, allowing him to attend the Naropa Institute Summer Writing Program. Stevens briefly attended the School of Visual Arts and Brooklyn College in New York.
Stevens was an Associate Professor in the English Department of SUNY Fredonia and the Director of American Indian Studies. He has also been an Instructor of Poetry instructor at Brown University and taught at Haskell Indian Nations University.
He is an author of numerous volumes of poetry. An international poet with professional invitations to France, Turkey, and China, Stevens spoke at the IIPF in the United Nations in 2006. He formerly taught at Haskell Indian Nations University and remains a vibrant member of the Native community as well as a leading young American Poet.
A finalist for the National Poetry Series Award in 2005, nominated for a Before Columbus/American Book Award, 2003, he was awarded a Whiting Writer’s award in 2000. Nominated for Pushcart Prize in Poetry in 1996, he received the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Prize in Poetry in 1993 and the City of Santa Fe Writer’s Award in 1994. He received the Creative Writing Award at the Institute of American Indian Arts in 1991, and was a Witter-Bynner Foundation Poetry Grant recipient in 1993.