Malea Powell is Chair of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures at Michigan State University as well as a faculty member in American Indian Studies. She is past chair of the CCCC and editor emerita of SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures. She is founder of the Cultural Rhetorics Consortium, project leader for the Constellations digital publications lab, and a widely published scholar and poet. Her current work is two-fold: a set of projects that examine the continuum of indigenous rhetorical production from beadwork to alphabetic writing and a set of projects on imagining new ways to craft strategic vision for diversity and inclusion in graduate education. She is a mixed-blood of Indiana Miami, Eastern Shawnee, and Euroamerican ancestry. In her spare time, she hangs out with other Native and mixed-blood women artists & poets, and does beadwork.