Marlena Gates

Marlena Gates is Maricopa of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Tribe of Arizona. She was born in Phoenix, Arizona but was raised in and currently writes out of the Central Valley of California. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Anthropology from University of California, Davis and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe. Her working project is a nonfiction collection of essays/memoirs grappling with poverty, mental illness, the quantum mind, and coming of age in an American post-industrial wasteland as an urban Indian.