Welcome!

cropped-jamestreat55.jpgAfter an academic vocation teaching at several public research universities, I am now an autonomous scholar, freelance creative, indigenous advocate, and nonviolent outdoorsman living in the Montezuma Valley of Southwest Colorado.

My research focuses on American Indian ways of knowing, especially in the wake of imperial modernity. On a more theoretical level, I am interested in the human ecology of indigenous societies as a critique of industrial civilization. I write literary nonfiction in various genres — reflexive scholarship, narrative history, topical essays, and found poetry.

Much of my recent work has focused on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, beginning with a monthly column on tribal traditions published in the Muscogee Nation News, reprinted by a dozen other periodicals, and archived at Mvskoke Country. I am currently completing a book manuscript titled A Sort of Strange Land: Poems Found in Indian Territory; previous versions of some of these pieces have been published in various literary and scholarly journals.

Whether you are a former student or colleague, an old friend or acquaintance, or just someone who happens to be interested in my work, I hope you will take a moment to let me know how you are by using the contact form at the top of the sidebar. I look forward to hearing from you!

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A Manifesto of Absence

things i don’t have

artificial intelligence
ashtray
astrological sign
bailout
binary logic
bling
boss
bucket list
cable bill
camouflage
car payments
coffee breath
corporate personhood
cubicle
diabetes
drone
electronic privacy
endorsement deal
fallout shelter
flagpole
frequent flyer miles
frills
gated community
golf clubs
groupies
gymnophobia
handgun
hangover
heir apparent
homeland security
hunting license
indefinite tenure
inferiority complex
intellectual property
intelligent design
judeophilia
lottery ticket
male enhancement
man cave
manifest destiny
mcmansion
metaphysical dualism
motorhome
offshore account
opioid addiction
pager
party affiliation
passenger pigeon
patron saint
peace dividend
personal assistant
pick-up line
police scanner
progress
red neck
revelation
scleroderma
sea legs
selfie stick
smartphone
social media
spare change
species loyalty
spittoon
tattoo
television
tenants
text messaging
tombstone
traditional rivalry
trophy wife
trust fund
u.s. passport
video games
weapons of mass destruction
wisdom teeth