Laura Tohe

Laura Tohe is Diné, is Sleepy-Rock People clan and born for the Bitter Water People clan.  She is the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate.  Her creative inspiration comes from the places she’s lived-- Arizona, New Mexico, Nebraska and Utah.  An award-winning poet, her books include No Parole Today, Making Friends with Water, Sister Nations, Tséyi, Deep in the Rock, Code Talker Stories, and poems that have appeared in the U.S., Canada, Chile, and in Europe with French, Dutch and Italian translations.  Her commissioned librettos are Enemy Slayer, A Navajo Oratorio on the Naxos Classical Music label and Nahasdzáán in the Glittering World which made its 2019 world premiere in France.  Among her awards are the 2019 American Indian Festival of Writers Award, the Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers Award, the Joy Harjo & the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund Award, the Arizona Book Association's Glyph Award for Best Poetry and Best Book. She was twice nominated for the Pushcart Award.  She is Professor Emerita with Distinction from Arizona State University and currently lives in Mesa, Arizona.



  • No Parole Today, University of New Mexico Press, 1999.
  • Making Friends with Water (chapbook)
  • Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community, ed. with Heid E. Erdrich, Minnesota Historical Society, 2002.
  • Tséyi, Deep in the Rock: Reflections on Canyon de Chelly, with Stephen E. Strom photog., University of Arizona Press, 2005.
  • Code Talker Stories, Rio Nuevo Publishers, 2015