Art Coulson

Art Coulson is a writer of Cherokee, English and Dutch descent 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 several books, including Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Beat Army (Capstone, 2018), The Reluctant Storyteller (Reycraft, 2020), and Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi! (Charlesbridge, 2021). His short stories have appeared in anthologies from Benchmark and Heartdrum, an imprint of HarperCollins. His first middle grade novel, Chasing Bigfoot, will be published in spring 2022 by Reycraft. He lives in Minneapolis with his family. Art is repped by Jacqui Lipton.


Fun Fact: A Navy brat, Art traveled the world, attending 14 schools on 3 continents before graduating high school.

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