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Ari Tison is an award-winning Author and poet for children, young adults, & adults. 

Ari is a Bribri American poet and the author of forthcoming YA hybrid poetry & prose novel SAINTS OF THE HOUSEHOLD (2023) and an UNTITLED YA (TBD) with FSG/Macmillan. She is also forthcoming in OUR SHADOWS HAVE CLAWS a Latine YA anthology (2022) with Algonquin Young Readers. Her poems and short works have been published in Yellow Medicine Review, The Under Review, Rock & Sling, and POETRY's first ever edition for children.

She was the winner of the 2018 Vaunda Micheaux Nelson award for a BIPOC writer with Lerner Publishing. She currently is the annual broadside editor for Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop where she gets to collaborate with the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts to bring incarcerated voices into the world.

Poet & Author


She has her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC) from Hamline University. She has taught workshops for teens and adults at Hamline’s Young Writers Workshop and the Loft Literary Center. She teaches poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and English as an adjunct professor. 

& story-keeper

Ari is a budding autoethnographer and studies her Indigenous language, culture, and stories with her Bribri mentor. She works alongside him to co-translate stories into English.

She grew up in the literary Twin Cities of Minnesota and is grateful to be surrounded by storytellers since the beginning! 

more about ari

Ari is represented by Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties and is a member of Las Musas. She lives in Saint Paul, the traditional, contemporary, and ancestral lands of the Dakota people. She lives with her musician and educator husband, Grey. To keep up with book news, class offerings & discounts, and artsy giveaways join her insider newsletter here!