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ABOUT

D.A. Navoti is a multidisciplinary storyteller, composer, and writer of the Gila River Indian Community.

The author of essays, stories, and the forthcoming memoir One Pima Pilgrim, his artistic work spans three “landscapes” — written, musical, and visual — a hybrid form that explores what it means to be Indigenous in the 21st century.

The recipient of the 2022 Artist Trust Fellowship award and a 2022 Artist Support Program residency at Jack Straw Cultural Center, D.A. also served as the 2022-23 Native-Artist-in-Residence at Seattle Rep. Previously, he was a writer fellow with Jack Straw Cultural Center and Hugo House, and his literary work has appeared in Homology Lit, Spartan, Indian Country Today, Cloudthroat, and elsewhere.

In 2021, Navoti was recognized as an Indigenous Stories of Strength awardee by John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, and he was a Resiliency Fund recipient from Potlatch Fund. In 2020, he was an inaugural Radical Imagination grantee from NDN Collective and was a CityArtist from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Most recently, he founded and curated We the Indigenous, a West Coast literary series, and he founded Wellness-ish-ness, a blog for creative hot messes.

Navoti teaches business courses for Seattle Colleges, and he is a content strategist for nonprofit organizations. He is a descendant of Hopi, Zuni, Yavapai-Apache, and O’otham (Gila & Salt River) tribes and lives with his partner in Seattle, Washington.

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D.A. Navoti is a multidisciplinary storyteller, composer, and writer of the Gila River Indian Community. Learn more at www.danavoti.com

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