Art Coulson

Pronouns: He/Him
Tribal Affiliation: Cherokee


Art Coulson is a writer of Cherokee, English and Dutch descent and comes from a family of storytellers in all three traditions.

A Navy brat, Art traveled the world, attending 14 schools on three continents before graduating high school. Art served as the first executive director of the Wilma Mankiller Foundation in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma after an award-winning 25-year career in journalism, including a stint as editorial page editor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

He is the author of more than a dozen books, graphic novels and plays, including the middle grade novel, Chasing Bigfoot (2022), The Reluctant Storyteller (2020), and Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi! (2021). The Reluctant Storyteller was named a best book of 2020 by Bank Street and American Indians in Children’s Literature. Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi! was named a best STEM children’s book by the National Science Teaching Association in 2021 and featured on the inaugural broadcast of Reading Rainbow Live!

His short stories have appeared in anthologies from Benchmark and Heartdrum, an imprint of HarperCollins. Art is represented by Jacqui Lipton at The Tobias Literary Agency.