Keep Portland Indigenous! We the Indigenous returns March 4, 2021, 6:30PM Pacific (Zoom) with writers living in occupied Portland, Oregon. Our event is hosted by Sasha LaPointe (Upper Skagit/Nooksack) and will feature Demian DinéYazhi’ (Diné), Jessica Mehta (Cherokee), Blake Hausman (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), and Trevino L. Brings Plenty (Citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe).  Get your tickets…

This free course is for BIPOC writers & arts managers who are interested in project managing their creative life. The course runs for 3 Saturdays: May 5th, May 8th, and May 15th, 1:10-3:10pm Pacific, Virtual (Zoom). Registration opens March 16th. Register with Hugo House…

In January 2021, the year-long series Fight For Our Lives ended celebrating diversity and anti-racism. Featured readers included Ever Jones, Cassidy Dyce, Rob Arnold, Ramon Isao, and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha. Watch a recording of the reading…

Oct 2020 – The NDN Collective awards Radical Imagination grants to 10 indigenous artists, including D.A. Navoti. Read the press release…

In October 2020, We the Indigenous debuted on Indigenous Peoples’ Day and featured Sasha LaPointe, Laura Da’, Hailey Tayathy, and Arianne TrueWatch a recording of the performance…

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  • 11 Year Old Bride was selected for Homology Lit‘s poetry issue.
  • In this excerpt from Navoti’s memoir-in-progress, Navoti returns to his indigenous homeland to confront the memory of his alcoholic late-father. Half-Orphaned was also selected for the Bainbridge Residency with The Seventh Wave.
  • Man in the Maze is a semi-autobiographical story about a son grieving over the loss of his father.
  • Written in experimental essay form, October Headlines (published by Cloudthroat – defunct) catalogues news headlines from Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2017 and is re-told with stories from Navoti’s personal life.
  • For Indian Country Today, Navoti interviews Metis photographer Marcel Petit, who documented a Two-Spirit couple elevating traditional regalia practices.
  • Dream of Wind is an original song inspired from Navoti’s memoir-in-progress One Pima Pilgrim from the 2017 Jack Straw Anthology (print). Music & lyrics by Camelia Jade.


D.A. Navoti (he/him/his) writes creative nonfiction and poetic prose. His work has appeared in Homology LitSpartanIndian Country Today, Cloudthroat, and elsewhere.

He’s a Radical Imagination grant recipient from the NDN Collective, a CityArtist 2020 recipient from the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and a former fellow at Hugo House & Jack Straw Cultural Center. He received residencies from The Seventh Wave and Gullkistan: Center for Creativity. Additionally, Navoti holds an M.A. in English from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Liberal Studies degree from Arizona State.

Along with Ruth Joffre, he co-founded Fight For Our Lives, a performance series advocating for communities targeted by divisive politics. He also created Wellness-ish-ness, a blog for creative hot messes because he’s a hell of a hot mess.

Navoti grew up on O’otham land (Phoenix, AZ) and is a member of the Gila River Indian Community, a descendant of O’otham (Salt & Gila Rivers), Hopi, Zuni, and Yavapai-Apache tribes. Born Daniel Napelee Jr., his initials ‘D.A.’  honor his late father and ‘Navoti’ honors his Hopi mother. 

Teaching Specialities

  • Business Communications
  • Project Management
  • Technical Writing

D.A. Navoti interviews writer Juan Carlos Reyes in 60 Second Interviews | 6 Feet ApartRead the interview on Wellness-ish-ness…