Jake Skeets is Black Streak Wood, born for Water’s Edge. He is Diné from Vanderwagen, New Mexico. His debut collection, Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers (Milkweed Books, 2019), was selected by Kathy Fagan as part of the 2018 National Poetry Series. Skeets is a winner of the 2018 92Y Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest and the 2020 Whiting Award and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He holds an MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. He edits Cloudthroat, an online publication of Native, First Nations, and Indigenous writing and art of the American Southwest, and organizes a poetry salon and reading series called Pollentongue, in which Native writers are invited to read at tribal lands and reservations. Skeets is a founding member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: A Diné Writers’ Collective and currently teaches English at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona.
Photo: Bear Guerra