Aja Couchois Duncan

Aja Couchois Duncan is a San Francisco, Bay Area–based leadership coach, organizational capacity builder, and learning and strategy consultant of Ojibwe, French, and Scottish descent. A senior consultant with Change Elemental, Duncan has worked for over twenty years in the areas of leadership, learning, and equity. Her debut collection, Restless Continent (Litmus Press, 2016), was selected by Entropy magazine as one of the best poetry collections of 2016, and awarded the California Book Award for Poetry in 2017. Her newest book, Vestigial, is just out from Litmus Press. When not writing or working, Duncan can be found running in the west Marin hills with her Australian cattle dog Dublin, training with horses, or weaving small pine-needle baskets. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and a variety of other degrees and credentials to certify her as human. Great Spirit knew it all along.