Kristin Naca is a poet, non-fiction writer, and screenwriter whose passions include Latina/o/x, bilingual, Asian American, and queer/feminist subjects. Her first collection of poetry, BIRD EATING BIRD, was selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Yusef Komunyakaa, for the National Poetry Series MtvU prize, and published by HarperPerennial. Her writing has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Bloom, ART PAPERS, and Poetry, to name a few. The latter two were published under her former name in Santería, Iyawó, as a newly-initiated priest in the religion.
Naca has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Lannan Foundation, Bread Loaf, Macondo Writers Workshop, and Hedgebrook. Her collection was a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Publisher's Triangle Awards. She has led poetry workshops at Macondo, last co-teaching with inaugural poet Richard Blanco. She has served as mentor, in the Loft Mentor Program. She is the recipient of a MN State Arts Board grant, and was recently awarded the McKnight Fellowship in Poetry.
She has led all levels of poetry and mixed-genre workshops, Latinx and Asian American poetics, and linguistics courses. She honed her teaching practice at University of Cincinnati (MA), Pitt (MFA), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (PhD), Macalester College, and Macondo. After serving as Visiting Writer for Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, Naca continues to teach courses at MN State Correctional Facilities at Lino Lakes, Oak Park Heights, and Stillwater.
Naca debuted new poems at AWP, in 2016, on a panel with Beth Bachmann, Nick Flynn, and Saeed Jones, reflecting on the musical influences of the LA rock scene. Text from a recent composition will appear in The Summit, a three channel video installation, by artist Leah DeVun, with original music by composer Nick Hallett. The Summit will be on exhibit, at the Tang Museum, starting in mid-October 2016.