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Amber McCrary

Creative Justice Youth Symposium Facilitator 2021
Poetry Month Drop-In Host 2021
NEA Big Read Partner 2021
Write Here, Write Now Instructor 2020

About Amber McCrary

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. 

You can find her poems, interviews and art at Yellow Medicine ReviewBlue Stockings MagazineThin Air MagazineMayday Magazine, The Filling Station MagazineThe Womanist and The Navajo Times.

Find Events with Amber McCrary

Creative Justice Youth Symposium
Sean Avery, Akhila Bandlora, Teré Fowler-Chapman, Hunter Hazelton, Heather Laurel Jensen, Allie Mahai, Amber McCrary, Sareya Taylor

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 11:00am
Location: Online
Type & Genre: Community Event, Open Mic, Panel, Reading, Workshop; Community, Human Rights, Poetry, Social Justice

As the world awakens to injustice, we must all work together to build a strong foundation on which to rebuild a more just world. The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University is proud to sponsor the second annual Creative Justice Youth Symposium, Thursday through Friday, June 17 - 18, 2021 on Zoom. Each day will consist of a workshop and community open mic.


Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type & Genre: Community Event, Conversation, Discussion, Presentation; Book Design, Business of Writing, Poetry, Publishing, Visual Art

Each week of Poetry Month the Piper Center will host a “Write-in” comprised of 30 minutes of discussion from a local poetry expert, and 60 minutes of writing time. 

This Week

Zines are self-published, uncensored, and self-made pieces of art.


Labriola Community Celebration
ASU Library Labriola Center, Amber McCrary, Alex Soto, Abalone Mountain Press

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 4:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type & Genre: Conversation, Panel, Q&A, Reading, Talk; American Indian, Community, Family History, Fiction, Flash, Indigenous, Memoir, Mixed Genre, Personal Essays, Poetry, Short Stories, Visual Art
Over the past several months, Indigenous community members have been working with poet Amber McCrary and the Labriola National American Indian Center at ASU Library to share, preserve, and honor their family histories through storytelling, community archiving, creative writing, and zines. Celebrate the talented voices of the community with a panel and reading!

Labriola Zine Workshop
Amber McCrary, ASU Library Labriola Center, Abalone Mountain Press

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 1:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type & Genre: Craft Class, Generative Workshop, Workshop; American Indian, Creative Nonfiction, Family History, Indigenous, Mixed Genre, Personal Essays, Poetry, Short Stories
Write about your loved ones and make a zine with Amber McCrary and the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at ASU Library.

Date: Monday, August 24, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type & Genre: Generative Workshop, Workshop; Poetry
A workshop for BIPOC punks and poets that love the subculture but not the racism. We will discuss BIPOC bands that helped shape and influence what we know as punk rock. While individuals of all backgrounds and identities are welcome to join, please be aware that this is BIPOC-centered and focused space.