Ari Tison is an award-winning Author and poet for children, young adults, & adults.
Ari is a Bribri (Indigenous Costa Rican) American and African descended poet and the author of forthcoming YA hybrid poetry & prose novel SAINTS OF THE HOUSEHOLD (2023) and another YA (2024) 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 Mentor Coordinator and Annual Broadside editor for Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop where she gets to be a part of extending Minnesota’s vibrant literary community to those incarcerated.
Poet & Author
She has her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC) from Hamline University. She regularly teaches workshops and panels for children, teens, and adults through organizations like Hamline’s Young Writers Workshop and the Loft Literary Center. She teaches poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and English as an adjunct professor.
Ari is studier of her Indigenous language, culture, and stories with her Bribri mentor.
She grew up in the literary Twin Cities of Minnesota and is grateful to be surrounded by storytellers since the beginning!
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