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Not to be confused with: Christos (disambiguation), Christo (disambiguation) or Christus.

Chrystos[pronunciation?] (born November 7, 1946) is a Menominee two-spirit writer and activist. She has published many books and poems that explore indigenous rights, social justice and feminism. [1] She is also a lecturer, writing teacher and fine-artist.

Life and career[edit]

Born in San Francisco, United States, Chrystos is a Lesbian- and Two-Spirit-identified writer. Her writing introduces a diverse mixture of characters and ideas and focuses on social justice issues.[2] She also tries to raise awareness of Native American heritage and culture, while breaking down stereotypes.[3] She has published many works including Not Vanishing, Dream On, In Her I Am, Fugitive Colors, Fire Power, Red Rollercoaster, and Wilde Reis. She has won numerous awards including NEA, Human Rights Freedom Of Expression, Sappho Award of Distinction from the Astrea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Barbara Demming Grant, and the Aude Lorde International Poetry Award. [4] She has lived on Bainbridge Island, Washington since 1980.[5][6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Chrystos : The Poetry Foundation". Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  2. ^ Sorrel, Lorraine, "Not Vanishing", review in Off Our Backs. Washington: Mar 31, 1989. Vol.19, Iss. 3.
  3. ^ "12 Incredible Indigenous LGBTQ Women and Two-Spirit People You Should Know | Autostraddle". Autostraddle (in en-US). // Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  4. ^ "Chrystos". Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  5. ^ "Chrystos: biography", Voices from the Gaps (University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts), retrieved 2012-01-25 
  6. ^ Local authors, Bainbridge Public Library, March 26, 2011, retrieved 2012-01-25 

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