In his poems, in both free verse and received form, Livingston explores justice, sexuality, and identity. He is the author of the poetry chapbook Alarum (2007), the full-length collections Museum of False Starts (2010) and Crow-Blue, Crow-Black (2012), and a collection of essays and short stories, Naming Ceremony (2014). His poems have been included in the anthologies Best Gay Poetry 2008 and Best New Poets 2005. He has received fellowships and residencies from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation and from Wildacres and three nominations for a Pushcart Prize. His fiction has received awards from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas and Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.
Livingston has taught at the University of the Virgin Islands, the University of Colorado, Brooklyn College, and Gotham Writers’ Workshop and has served as an editor for several newspapers and magazines, including Blithe House Quarterly, the Advocate, and Brooklyn Review. He is on the faculty for the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.