Imagining OutWriteNative

Turning Points Magazine’s new digital creative writing section

By: KaLynn Yazzie

Tribal affiliation: Diné

Major: English (Writing, Rhetorics & Literacy)

With ASU’s large Native American community, many opportunities are available to Native students coming from all types of degree backgrounds. As an English major, I submitted multiple entries to various writing contests for publishing opportunities all throughout my undergraduate career. The love for my stories were appreciated, having incorporated Diné bizaad and Native life — yet not one would be selected. Knowing that I wasn’t the only Native student who felt this way, I imagined a platform where there were no gatekeepers– instead, a supportive space where creative writers can express their written artistry and experience the unique joy that comes with seeing their words published and appreciated for what it is. As I graduate from ASU, I wish to leave a legacy for our creative wordsmiths in college where our written artistry can be seen and shared within our communities, and help amplify Native representation in a non-intimidating way.

For our stories to be OutWriteNative.

Featured writers in Turning Points’ inaugural creative writing section are: