Chrystos Smith was born off reservation in San Francisco 1946 and was first physically attacked for being queer in high school. My parents are Menominee and euro-immigrant, which has made for additional conflict in my life. I am self-educated, author of 7 books including Not Vanishing and more recently , Fire Power. My work is also included in hundreds of anthologies, some international. I travel extensively to speak on many issues of justice. With my partner, I live near the beach where my focus is edible gardening. I also work as an artist and drawing is my greatest joy.