About Arianne True

Arianne True is a poet and excitable human from Seattle, WA and from the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations. She grew up in the Seattle writing community, nurtured by YouthSpeaks and the Richard Hugo House, and as an adult, has (to her delight) gotten to return and work with young writers in both spaces. She currently teaches with Writers in the Schools and mentors with the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate program and Hugo House's Young Writers Cohort, and enjoys picking up a range of other gigs.

Arianne is involved in other Seattle arts communities as well, including performative mythology and Appalachian folk traditions. She's also queer, food-oriented, and passionate about her PNW home.


Arianne was a 2020 Jack Straw Writer and is a proud alum of Hedgebrook and of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. For Pride 2021, she was part of the Pride Poets Hotline, writing custom poems for strangers over the phone. She is currently a 2020-21 Hugo Fellow.

You can reach out to Arianne via email at

atruewrites [at] gmail [dot] com or on Instragram at @ariannetrue

Arianne with crowd silhouettes.jpg

photo credit Libby Lewis


Current Projects

burke museum image Dec 2018 before remod


exhibits is a collection of experimental poems that bring you through a museum exhibition, and the poems are reading you as much as you're reading them. This museum engages with how the experience of childhood trauma doesn't end when you turn eighteen, and the effects ripple, even for decades, finding new ways to manifest and asking to be healed. Given the history of Natives and American museums, this indigenous writer can’t help but feel that too, and hopes to repatriate her own stolen body across the course of the work.

If you're curious about this work-in-progress, feel free to email me or check out what's out in the world so far: it has a special section on my Published work page.


Training as an editor

I've been training in a professional program for editors and copyeditors, and plan to start accepting copyediting and developmental editing clients in fall 2021. I'll add that link here once it's live!

The dream someday is to work as an editor for comics and graphic novels, though I'm happy to take on all sorts of projects. I love helping people find clarity of expression in their writing, and prioritize that and the experience of the reader when I'm editing.