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Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley (2017-2019)

Ben Kingsley is best known for his Academy Award-winning role as Mahatma Gandhi. This Ben is a touch less famous, having not acted since his third-grade debut as the Undertaker in Music Man. Affrilachian author and Kundiman alum, Ben belongs to the Onondaga Nation of Indigenous Americans in New York. His debut collection, Not Your Mama’s Melting Pot, was selected by Bob Hicok. His next collection, Colonize Me, is forthcoming with Saturnalia in 2019, followed by Dēmos, out with Milkweed Editions in 2020. Peep his recent work in the anthologies Best New Poets 2017 (ed. Natalie Diaz), Native Voices: Indigenous Poetry from North America, and Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, as well as the journals American Indian Culture and ResearchBoston ReviewKenyon ReviewNew England ReviewOxford American, and Tin House, among others.



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