Christy NaMee Eriksen

Alaska Literary Award, 2021


Christy NaMee Eriksen is an artist, teaching artist, and organizer living on Lingít Aaní (Juneau, Alaska). Described as a “tender powerhouse,” NaMee blends personal narrative, poetry, and the politics of identity. She/her work has appeared in such places as The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, The Roundhouse in London, Literary Hub, Freeman’s: Change (Grove Atlantic), and Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines (PM Press). She has received awards for both art and activism, including three Rasmuson Foundation awards, the Equilibrium Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship, Mayor’s Award for Artist of the Year and the Carla Tipone Award for Activism. She is a WESTAF Leader of Color, a 2020 Kundiman Fellow, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She holds a BA in Social Justice (with a concentration in Racial Justice) and a Certificate in Conflict Studies from Hamline University. She is passionate about the power of art to tell our stories, bring people together, and activate positive social change.


When they ask you what kind of tiger mom I was, I hope you’ll say I was soft.

Hope you’ll say I was simple. Tenacious. That I would chew my own bones to keep my teeth sharp. That I would make soup for a sick vulture. That some evenings I would circle you, like a choice, and fall asleep. -From “Tiger Mom”