Tapahonso is a member of the Navajo Nation (Diné), and a professor at the University of Arizona. She teaches English and American Indian Studies. Since her participation in the 1992 Poetics in Politics Series, Tapahonso has earned “Storyteller of the Year” by The Worldcraft Circle of Native Writers and has received the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association's Award for Poetry.

Video courtesy of Jonathan Van Ballenberghe at the UA Poetry Center