Art Coulson is a writer of Cherokee, English, and Dutch descent and comes from a family of storytellers. Some of his earliest memories are of listening to stories and reading books on his grandmother's lap. He has been a writer his whole life. A navy brat, Art traveled the world as a child, attending fourteen schools on three continents before graduating high school. After an award-winning career in journalism spanning twenty-five years, he served as the first executive director of the Wilma Mankiller Foundation in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Today, Art lives in Minneapolis, but still visits friends and relatives in the Cherokee Nation several times a year.