Maddox Pennington

Maddox Pennington (they/he) is a nonbinary writer, professor, and stand-up comic originally from the Cherokee Nation; they received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Columbia University, and their debut bibliomemoir, A Girl Walks Into a Book: What the Brontes Taught Me About Life, Love, and Women’s Work was published by Hachette Books in 2017. Currently… Read more »

Michelle Hernandez

Michelle Hernandez is a Wiyot and Latina filmmaker. She grew up on the Table Bluff Reservation, where she found her love for filmmaking. She has a Masters in Film and Electronic Media at American University in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. at Humboldt State in both Film and Native American Studies. Her work often focuses… Read more »

Meera Divecha Forespring

Meera Divecha Forespring is a creative based in Olympia, Washington. They are mixed of  Indigenous American (Cowlitz), Indian (Gujarati), and Irish descent, and identify as two-spirit. Meera grew up on a well-balanced diet of Bollywood movies and television shows like Wonder Woman (1975), and Ultra Man (1966). This upbringing sparked their love of practical effects… Read more »

James William Evans

James William Evans grew up in a mess of rat-infested motels, haunted mobile homes, and cramped apartments scattered around Oklahoma. This and stories from his grandmother, who was one of the first women to serve on the Cherokee tribal council, created an affinity for writing characters who consider themselves outsiders. His short film “Life Lines”… Read more »

Ahyoka Saas

Ahyoka Saas is a Two-Spirit Cherokee and German writer and composer raised in an end-times cult. They’ve directed and showrun five hour-long sketch revues at The Second City Chicago, won Roadmap’s Diversity Initiative Competition and Native American Media Alliance’s Animation Fellowship in 2022, and performed hundreds of narrative improv shows across the Midwest US. This… Read more »

Rylan Tuohy

Rylan Tuohy is a writer and director and proud tribal citizen of the Wyandotte Nation who grew up in rural Greenville, Kentucky. Using YouTube as both a showcase for his earliest short films and a place to learn how to hip hop dance, he realized he had a knack for the former and considered applying… Read more »

Simon Luedtke

Born on a U.S. military base in Naples, Italy, Simon Luedtke moved to San Francisco when he was 14 days old. He grew up in Utah and Oregon, where he spent most of his days getting lost in the Rocky Moun tains and Evergreen Forests. He was introduced to writing by his father, whose poetry… Read more »

Sloane Leong

Sloane Leong is a self-taught cartoonist, illustrator, and writer of Hawaiian, Chinese, Mexican, Native American and European ancestry. Through prose, illustration, and comics, she engages with visceral futurities and fantasies through a radical, kaleidoscopic lens, the extrapolation and hybridization of ecologies within speculative frames, and the violent cultural structures of our world and others, both… Read more »

Gina East

Gina East (Isleta Pueblo) is a writer and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Her screenplay, What the Crows Saw, placed in multiple screenwriting competitions. Notably, it won the Grand Prize at the Creative World Awards and was a Quarterfinalist in Final Draft’s Big Break – Diversity Feature. In addition, she was a Fellow at NAMA’s… Read more »

Kendall Davis

Kendall Davis is a writer and comedian based in NYC and is proud to be an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Originally from Fort Smith, Arkansas, she earned a degree in biology from Hendrix College and worked in education equity in Washington, DC for three years after graduating. Kendall moved to New… Read more »