Kinsale Drake

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Kinsale Drake (Diné) is a poet, playwright, and performer based out of the Southwest. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Magazine,, Best New Poets, MTV, Teen Vogue, Nylon, Time Magazine, and elsewhere. She recently graduated from Yale University, where she received the J. Edgar Meeker Prize, the Academy of American Poets College Prize, and the Young Native Playwrights Award. She is the winner of the 2022 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize and the founder of NDN Girls Book Club (

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