About

Kevin Richard Kaiser (Aw-o-tan Nisgah) has published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry internationally. Born in Orange County, California, he spent most of the first twenty-seven years of his life residing in the Golden State. In his early twenties, he took his first creative writing class and met James M. Tate. Around this time, Kevin’s maternal grandmother died. Both appreciated his writing and encouraged him to keep writing. He listened. At age twenty-five, while living in Long Beach in the house of his maternal grandparents, he decided once and for all to be a writer. Two years later, he moved to Pittsburgh to attend Chatham University, where he earned his MFA in Creative Writing and met his partner, Lake Angela. They moved to the suburbs of Dallas and began practicing Blackfoot ways with the Many Faces People. During this period, Kevin/Aw-o-tan became a sagekeeper, poured his first lodges, and published some poetry under his earned name. He also spent those five years teaching English in universities and colleges and tutoring privately, in addition to writing articles commissioned by an art gallery. Meanwhile, Lake Angela worked toward her Ph.D. Upon completion, they moved to Barcelona, where Kevin enrolled in the doctoral program in Humanities at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. After two years, abroad, they moved to Orange County, California, while Kevin completes the final year of his degree. His thesis is on posthumanist ethics, nonhuman animals, and the fiction of George Saunders.