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 she published under her former name in Santería, Iyawó, as a newly-initiated priest in the religion.
Naca has been awarded fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, Bread Loaf, and Macondo Writers Workshop. 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 2016.
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), and 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 her new poems 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 mid-October 2016.