author & poet
march 28, 2023
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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
awards for saints of the household
A junior Library guild gold standard selection
Winner of the 2024
walter dean myers award
A willliam c. morris
debut award finalist
winner of the 2024 pura belpré award
An Amazon best book of the year so far
A best book of the year from
Ari Tison is a Bribri poet and the author of YA hybrid poetry & prose novel Saints of the Household (2023) and another YA (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, a finalist for the William C. Morris Award, and was a Junior Library Guild Gold selection. 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 is widely anthologized and included as a contributor 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.
Community & representation
Ari is passionate about storytelling and Indigenous storytelling structures. She is on faculty at Hamline's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program. She also 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 lives on a valley farm in Wisconsin, on the traditional, contemporary, and ancestral lands of the Dakota people. She lives with her musician husband, Grey and child.