Santee Frazier is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Syracuse University. He is the recipient of various awards, including the Truman Capote Scholarship, Syracuse University Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship. His poems have appeared in American Poet, Narrative magazine, Ontario Review, and other literary journals. His first collection of poems, Dark Thirty, was released by the University of Arizona Press in spring 2009.