NACF Partners with WA Poet Laureate to Curate Literary Anthology

We are excited to announce that Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is publishing a literary anthology that highlights the work of many of our National Artist Fellows in literature. The anthology, titled The Larger Voice: Celebrating the Work of Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellows, is scheduled for release in Spring 2022.

It has been our pleasure to work with Rena Priest, Washington State Poet Laureate, (Lhaq’temish [Lummi] Nation) as curator and editor of the anthology. Priest is a Maxine Cushing Gray Distinguished Writing Fellow, and the recipient of an Allied Arts Foundation Professional Poets Award. Her debut collection, Patriarchy Blues, received an American Book Award, and her nonfiction has appeared in High Country News, YES! Magazine, Seattle Met, and elsewhereShe is a National Geographic Explorer (2018-2020) and a Jack Straw Writer (2019). She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Coming into my second year as Poet Laureate, I’ve been looking back at everything I’ve accomplished. It has been a wonderful opportunity to do work in this field, to meet other poets and share my work throughout the state of Washington.”

Priest has a new book recently published by Sasquatch Press titled Northwest Know-How: Beaches, which includes a collection of her poems, a retelling of legends, and descriptions of 29 beaches in the Pacific Northwest. Described as, “Entertaining, educational and highly giftable,” Northwest Know-How: Beaches showcases the majestic, quirky, and unique beaches of the Washington and Oregon coastline. You can find more information about Priest and her publications at

Stay tuned for more news about The Larger Voice: Celebrating the Work of Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellows!