Christine Stark is a speaker, organizer, trainer, and an award-winning writer and visual artist of Anishinaabe/Cherokee ancestry. Her essays, poems, and creative non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications. Her first novel, Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation, was a Lambda Literary Finalist. Her poem, "Momma’s Song", was released by Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble as a double manga CD. She is also a co-editor of Not for Sale, an international anthology about prostitution, trafficking, and pornography and a co-author of the groundbreaking “Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota.” She is currently completing a report about the trafficking of Native women and youth on the ships in the Duluth harbor based upon interviews she conducted with Native women and men. Her second novel, Carnival Lights, will be published in 2015. She teaches writing part-time and is an MSW student at the University of Minnesota Duluth.