Deborah A. Miranda is of Esselen, Chumash, French and Jewish ancestry. She is enrolled with the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Nation of California. Her collection Indian Cartography won the Diane Decorah First Book Award. Her poetry is widely published in such anthologies as The Dirt is Red Here: Art and Poetry from Native California (HeyDay Books, 2002) and The Eye of the Deer: An Anthology of Native American Women Writers (Aunt Lute, 1999). Currently, Deborah is Assistant Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, where she teaches Creative Writing, Composition, and Native American Literatures.