Of Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe) and Han-Naxi Métis heritage, Sara Littlecrow-Russell is a lawyer and professional mediator as well as a poet. She earned a BA in medical anthropology from Hampshire College and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. Her collection of poetry, The Secret Powers of Naming (2006), won an Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights; it also received an Independent Publisher Book Award.
In the tradition of Native American storytelling, which uses stories to establish meaning in the lives of both listeners and tellers, Littlecrow-Russell’s poems name and tell stories as a form of communication; her work also calls into question prevalent stereotypes of Native Americans.
Littlecrow-Russell has worked at the Center for Education and Policy Advocacy at the University of Massachusetts and for Community Partnerships for Social Change at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.