Timothy P. McLaughlin in his sanctuary

Timothy in his home sanctuary

Timothy P. McLaughlin is a poet, spoken word artist, and teacher. He taught in Native communities of South Dakota, Montana, and New Mexico for thirteen years and founded the celebrated Spoken Word Program at the Santa Fe Indian School. He and his students received numerous awards and were featured in many media publications and programs, among them The New York Times and The PBS New Hour. In 2007, Timothy was named the University of Virginia Madison House Alumni of the Year for his dedication to service work.

Timothy received a Lannan Writing Residency Fellowship in 2011. He does much of his creative work in the wilderness and his debut collection of poems, Rooted & Risen, chronicles an inspired intimacy with the still wild places & presences of the Earth. He is the editor of the award-winning book Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School and the producer of a poetry album and documentary film both titled Moccasins and Microphones: Modern Native Storytelling through Performance Poetry. He recites his poetry often in diverse settings and is dedicated to the sacredness and significance of moving poetic texts through the human voice. He and his wife, singer and sound healer Madi Sato, are co-founders of PRAISING EARTH, a center dedicated to revitalizing ancient oral traditions in fresh contexts. Timothy lives in Santa Fe with Madi and their three children–Anjamora, Tadhg, and Fiadh.

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