Ray Young Bear, Meskwaki (Red Earth People), lives in central Iowa. He is a writer, artist and musician. In 2015, his book Manifestation Wolverine: The Complete Poetry of Ray Young Bear was published by Open Road Media. His bilingual poems and songs have been featured in The New Yorker, The Iowa Review, Poem-a-Day, Under a Warm Green Linden and Native Voices, a Tupelo Press anthology. In 2020, his work is included in When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through, a Norton anthology of Native Nations poetry. Young Bear also has an essay with several photographs forthcoming in Magnetic West, the Enduring Allure of the American West in Photography, Skira Books.