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Chrystos (born 10 December 1946) is a Menominee (Native/First Americans) poet and rights activist. Prior to being published, she worked as a home caretaker and an activist for mountain and Leonard Peltier.
Life and careerEdit
Born in San Francisco, United States, she is a Lesbian and Two-Spirit identified writer who focus on themes revolving around the violence that adjoins everyday life in many urban areas. She also tries to incorporate an awareness of universal currents in her works, introducing a diverse mixture of characters and ideas. Her first published work, Not Vanishing concentrates on a Native American woman and environment she returns to after work, a life shielded from mainstream cultural understanding.
- Some Poems By People I Like (anthology of 5 poets) Toronto: sandraslittlebookshop, 2007, ISBN 978-0-9739540-1-2
- Not Vanishing Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers, 1988, ISBN 0-8897-4015-1
- Dream On Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers, 1991.
- In Her I Am Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers, 1993.
- Fugitive Colors Cleveland: Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1995, ISBN 1-8808-3411-1
- Fire Power. Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers, 1995, ISBN 0-889-7404-7X
- This Bridge Called My Back, Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, 1981, contributor
- ↑ Sorrel, Lorraine, Not Vanishing. Off Our Backs. Washington: Mar 31, 1989. Vol.19, Iss. 3.