Poet Carrisa Garcia Goes to Chaco


This episode of Big Blend Radio’s 1st Friday “Toast to The Arts & Parks” Show with the National Parks Arts Foundation features Carissa “Lucky” Garcia, the Spring 2024 NPAF artist-in-residence in Chaco Culture National Historical Park.


Carissa “Lucky” Garcia is an Indigenous/Chicana writer, performing artist, community organizer, anti-oppression educator and Indigenous Justice advocate. She is a founding member of the La Resistencia publishing press and poetry collective amplifying LGBTQ+ voices of color. Carissa’s storytelling communicates ideas that focus on her experience as an Iraq War veteran, Native American culture, love, politics, and her appreciation for comic books and science fiction. Her work has been featured at the University of Missouri Latinx Graduate Program, Rhode Island School of Design, UMKC Women of Color Leadership Conference, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Flatland KC, Prescott College, Redline Contemporary Arts Center, Dairy Arts Center, Denver Art Museum, and on the streets all across America.

Learn more about the National Parks Arts Foundation’s unique artist residency programs in parks across the country at https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/

Learn more about Chaco Culture National Historical Park at https://www.nps.gov/chcu/index.htm

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