Hailey Suina

Hailey Suina

Hailey Suina is a creative writing student from the Pueblo of Cochiti and the Navajo Nation. As a child, she grew up hearing the legends and tales of her tribal community in New Mexico, which instilled in her a passion to share stories with those who have the ear to listen. She came to the Institute of American Indian Arts in the Fall of 2015 to follow her lifelong childhood dream of becoming a writer. Currently in her Senior year at IAIA, she is working towards a minor in Indigenous Liberal Studies and a major in Creative Writing with a focus on fiction. After obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing in the Spring of 2020, she plans to further her education by pursuing her master's degree in IAIA’s MFA program. Her published fiction piece “Arrow Boy & She-Who-Makes-The-Way," can be found in the 2017 edition of IAIA’s Student Anthology, Sonder. Hailey Suina strives to represent her tribal communities well and hopes that her writing brings her people strength.

The Lightning Way

I would often sit with my grandfather outside on the porch, watching the cloudbursts roll in from the horizon. They would come in thick, dark inky blue clouds heavy with…