Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley

Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley, Affrilachian author and Kundiman alum, belongs to the Onondaga Nation of Indigenous Americans in New York. His debut collection, Not Your Mama’s Melting Pot, was selected by Bob Hicok and released in 2018 by Backwaters Press. Colonize Me is forthcoming with Saturnalia in 2019, to be followed by Dēmos, out with Milkweed in 2020. Peep his recent work in Boston Review, FIELD, jubilat, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Oxford American, and Tin House, among others.

How to Hunt Wasps: Camp Rodney, 2001

On my honor, I will do my best / To do my duty to God and my country and obey the Scout Law; / To help other people at all times; / To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
—the Scout Oath


On my honor
we flared out
around a picnic table