Poetry book by Amber McCrary
Amber is a zinester, poet, publisher, feminist and artist. She makes zines, books, poetry by, for and about being an Indigenous women in the present. She writes about indigenous love, joy, family, trauma and addiction.
“There’s an aesthetic: write the poem white people want you to write or write the poems academics want you to write. Then, there’s Amber McCrary’s chapbook, Electric Deserts, stepping away from both sets of expectations. Here is this defiant othering, crisp lines written for Native eyes. Poems reaching off the page, accessible to relatives.” -Millissa Kingbird
Amber McCrary is Diné poet, zinester and feminist. She is Red House Clan born for Mexican people. Originally from Shonto, Arizona and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. She earned her BA from Arizona State University in Political Science with a minor in American Indian Studies. She received her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry at Mills College. She recently released a chapbook of poetry titled, Electric Deserts! (Tolsun Books). She currently resides in Mesa, Arizona. McCrary is also the owner and founder of Abalone Mountain Press, a press dedicated to publishing Indigenous voices. She is also a board member of the Northern Arizona Book Festival.