Lehua Taitano

Lehua Taitano

Lehua M. Taitano, a native CHamoru from Yigo, Guåhan (Guam), is a queer writer and interdisciplinary artist.  She is the author of two volumes of poetry–Inside Me an Island  and A Bell Made of Stones–and three chapbooks of short fiction, poetry, and visual art: appalachiapacific, Sonoma, and Capacity. Together with Lisa Jarrett, Taitano is the co-founder of the artist collective Art 25: Art in the Twenty-fifth Century, which investigates how Indigenous and Black art lives in the 21st century and beyond. She hustles her way through the capitalist labyrinth as a bike mechanic who sometimes gets paid to make art.

From A Queer Ornithology

For those who delight more in the seed of things, I can say that these poems investigate queer, genderfluid indigeneity, and interspecies-relational philosophy through deep observation of wild birds.