Hello, my name is Darren M. Grine, I have been writing Native American poetry
since 2004 and I am a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. My inspiration derives from my Sioux (Dakota) heritage
as well the history and culture. The wolf and buffalo are also very inspirational in my work too. Some of my
poetry has been published in the Poet Tree Magazine and the Sota Iya Ye Yapi Publication newspaper.
Additionally, I am a High School Teacher and a native of Colorado, my academic
background consists of an A.A.S and State Certificate from Pueblo Community College, in addition, I have attained my B.S.
Degree and graduated cum laude from Colorado State University-Pueblo, where I majored in Exercise Science, Health Promotion
and Recreation with a minor in education. In 2004, I received a Certificate of Recognition from The Writing Across the Curriculum
Task Force and Southern Colorado Teacher Education Alliance for Commendable Achievement. In 2005, I received the Capps Capozzolo
Award For Academic Excellence.
My interests include enjoying and embracing the great outdoors and nature,
photography, birdwatching, the great appreciation of Native American art and music, and attending Pow Wows.
Some of my all-time favorite poems include "The Raven", by Edgar Allen Poe and The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.
Here are my thoughts on my Native American and my other poetry; "Poetry enriches
the human spirit, it can bring a smile, it can make you sad, or it will make you laugh, it can soothe your heart's desire,
and most importantly, it can give you closure." I feel that I capture the essence of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota
(Sioux) culture in my poetry.