We're so pleased to introduce this year's winner of the Native Writer Award Scholarship! Here's some background on Monty:
Monty Little is a Diné (Navajo) artist from Tuba City, Arizona. He is Ashiihi (Salt) clan, born for Tl’iziłani (Manygoats) clan. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is an undergraduate at the Institute of American Indian Arts, majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Studio Arts. He is a recipient of the 2011 Truman Capote Scholarship. The juxtaposition of harsh realities on the Navajo reservation, the beauty of openness and the content of home heavily influence Monty’s poems.
Monty recently was Honorably Discharged from the United States Marine Corps after serving four years with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines in Camp Pendleton, California. While in the Marine Corps, Monty deployed to Okinawa in 2005, and to Ar Ramadi, Iraq, in 2007. He is currently spending his summer listening to punk rock, writing, painting, and spending time with family.