CHRISTY NAMEE ERIKSEN is an award-winning artist, teaching artist, and organizer whose work is grounded in social justice and community engagement.
Described as a “tender powerhouse” and someone who “pays wonderful attention to words,” NaMee blends personal narrative, poetry, and the politics of identity. Her/her work has appeared in such places as Equilibrium at The Loft Literary Center, The Roundhouse in London, Angry Asian Man, and the anthology “Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines.” She has shared stages with Patricia Smith, Beau Sia, G Yamazawa, Bao Phi, and a host of other gorgeous slam champions and writers she's still reeling about.
She has received awards for both art and activism, including two Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist awards, the Equilibrium Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship, the Connie Boochever Fellowship, Mayor's Award for Artist of the Year and the Carla Tipone Award for Activism.
NaMee is a co-founder of Woosh Kinaadeiyí (a nonprofit arts organization committed to “diversity, inclusive community, and empowering voice") and leads spoken word workshops for youth and adults. Most days she writes, plays with her son, and runs an arts- and community-centric post office called Kindred Post in Juneau.