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Weshke Weshke



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 a contributor in Our Shadows Have Claws a YA folklore and horror Latine anthology with Algonquin Young Readers and forthcoming in ReLit Anthology of classic retellings with a Latine lens with Harper Collins.

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. 


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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. She teaches at Hamline University. 

She currently serves as the Mentor Coordinator for Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop where she gets be part of extending Minnesota's literary community to those incarcerated.


& story-keeper

Ari is an autoethnographer and folklorist. She studies Bribri stories, language, and retellings with her mentor and her studies often inform her work.  

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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Ari is represented by Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties and is a member of Las Musas, Diverse Verse, and other literary collectives. She lives in a valley farm in Wisconsin, on the traditional, contemporary, and ancestral lands of the Dakota people. She lives with her musician and educator husband, Grey and child. To keep up with book news, class offerings & discounts, and giveaways join her insider newsletter here!

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