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author & poet


march 28, 2023

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Copy of Copy of Saints of the Household

praise for saints of the household

"This lyrical debut knocks it out of the park"

"...the sort of book you read in one sitting, completely engrossed in the lives of its complicated and immensely sympathetic protagonists...a fantastic debut"

"Striking, assured debut...remarkably compelling"
-Kirkus, starred review

"This book is an elegiac triumph that puts the human heart in the reader's hands"
-bccB, Starred review

"This vulnerable and magnetic tale of brotherhood belongs on every shelf"
-SLJ, Starred review


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awards for saints of the household

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Winner of the 2024
walter dean myers award

A willliam c. morris
debut award finalist 

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winner of the 2024 pura belpré award

Winner of the 2024 ALAN
Walden Award


An Amazon best book of the year so far

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A junior Library guild gold standard selection


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Ari Tison (Bribri) is the award-winning poet and the author of YA hybrid poetry & prose novel Saints of the Household  (2023) and forthcoming novel Together We See (2025) with FSG/Macmillan. Saints of the Household was the winner of the 2024 Walter Dean Myers Award, the winner of the 2024 Pura Belpré Award,  the winner of the Walden Award, the winner of the Américas Award, and a finalist for the William C. Morris Award. Saints was chosen as a Best Book of the Month by Amazon, and Best Book of 2023 by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, New York Public Library, BCCB, and Chicago Public Library along with receiving starred trade reviews from Kirkus, BCCB, and SLJ. Ari was chosen as a 2023 Publishers Weekly Flying Start.  

Ari's work has been widely anthologized and has been included in Our Shadows Have Claws with Algonquin Young Readers (2022),  ReLit Anthology with HarperCollins (2024), and Sing Me A Story: Short Stories in Verse with Penguin (2024). Her poems and short works have been published in a number of national magazines including POETRY's first ever edition for children. She was the winner of the 2018 Vaunda Micheaux Nelson award and teaches at Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Ari belongs to the Bribri tribe, one of the eight federally and globally recognized tribes of contemporary Costa Rica. She lives in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.




Community & representation

Ari is passionate about non-western and Native storytelling structures. She is on faculty at Hamline's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program. She regularly teaches pop-up master and beginner classes available to all.


Ari is represented by Sara Crowe and is a member of Las Musas and a founding member of Diverse Verse. She regularly does lectures, school visits, events and can be booked through her booking agency through her contact page.

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