Dr. Mary Leauna Christensen, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, has strong ties to the eastern TN/western NC area. Her academic interests are: contemporary American poetry, contemporary Indigenous literatures, and the intersections between elegy writing and hybrid texts—specifically the ways both intersect with Indigenous writing.
Her own poetry can be found in Cream City Review, The Laurel Review, Southern Humanities Review, Denver Quarterly, and The Gettysburg Review, among others. She was named a 2022 Indigenous Nations Poets fellow for the inaugural In-Na-Po retreat and was selected as a returning fellow for 2023.
- BA in English Studies Pedagogy, Western Carolina University
- MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry), Eastern Washington University
- PhD in English (Creative Writing, Poetry), University of Southern Mississippi