Luci Tapahonso is Diné and a Professor of American Indian Studies and English. She is the author of three children's books and five books of poetry. She teaches courses in American Indian Literature and Creative Writing. Professor Tapahonso received the 2002 American Indian Leadership Award from the University of Kansas for her integral role in establishing the Indigenous Nations Studies Graduate Program there in 1998. Her book, Blue Horses Rush In, was awarded the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association's 1998 Award for Poetry.