Esther G. Belin

Esther G. Belin


  • MFA Creative Writing – Poetry, Antioch University, Los Angeles, 2007
  • AA Creative Writing – Poetry, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1995
  • BA Native American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1992

Areas of expertise:

  • Poetry
  • Diné Poetics
  • Restorative Justice
  • Literary Sovereignty
  • Indigenous literatures
  • Visual Spatial Memory
  • Indigenous Intersectionality
  • Indigenous Feminisms


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About Esther G. Belin

Esther G. Belin is the author of two collections of poetry: Of Cartography and From the Belly of My Beauty, winner of the 2000 American Book Award; and is one of four editors of The Diné Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature, winner of the 2022 American Book Award. Her visual artist includes printmaking, collage, digital art, and land-based art and installation.

She teaches in the Native American and Indigenous Studies department at Fort Lewis College. She is a Poetry faculty mentor in the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing MFA program. Esther is a citizen of the Navajo Nation.