Art Coulson

Art Coulson is Cherokee from Oklahoma and comes from a family of storytellers. Some of his earliest memories are of listening to stories and reading books on his grandmother’s lap. He has been a writer his whole life and published his first two books when he was in elementary school (he was a self-publishing early adopter). Art served as the first executive director of the Wilma Mankiller Foundation in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma after an award-winning 25-year career in journalism. Art is the author of The Creator’s Game (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2013), Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Beat Army (Capstone, 2018) and The Reluctant Storyteller (Reycraft, 2020). His short stories will appear in upcoming anthologies from Benchmark and Heartdrum, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Before writing children’s books, Art was a writer at magazines and newspapers all over the United States. Art lives in Minneapolis with his family, but still plays traditional Cherokee stickball, an original version of lacrosse, when he is visiting friends and relatives in the Cherokee Nation several times a year. Art is repped by Jacqui Lipton.


Fun Fact: A Navy brat, Art traveled the world, attending 14 schools on three continents before graduating high school.

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