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Christopher (Kit) McIlroy

2309 W. Sumaya Pl., Tucson, AZ 85741



BA, Pomona College, Creative Writing, 1972
MFA, Fiction Writing, University of Arizona, 1983

Professional Experience

Tohono O’odham Community College/United Way
Tohono O’odham Community College/United Way


  • Tohono O’odham Community of Practice, 2013-2014
  • I manage the professional development program for Early Childhood educators.

Public Schools
Public Schools

Tucson Unified School District

  • Instructor, TUSD Family Resources. “Writing, a Life Skill,” 2020-2022

    Author-in-residence, 2001-2020


  • Baboquivari USD #40, 2009-2012

Instructor and administrator

  • ArtsReach, 1987-2010: I taught in schools serving Native American communities; coordinated programs, instructors, and outreach; organized community readings; conducted teacher training; and oversaw production of an annual anthology.


  • Family Writing Workshops, 1999-present: For students and parents of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tohono O’odham Nation, Tohono O’odham Health Department Division of Special Needs, Tucson Unified School District, and the Indian Oasis-Baboquivari School District.


  • I presented creative writing residencies across Arizona.

Head Start
Head Start

Consultant/Trainer, 2002-present

  • I have conducted writing process training sessions for Head Start programs in Tucson, AZ (Child-Parent Centers), Parker, AZ (Colorado River Indian Tribes), Peach Springs, AZ (Hualapai), and Tohono O’odham Nation.

College, University, and other Adult Education
College, University, and other Adult Education

Adjunct Faculty

  • Tohono O’odham Community College, 2015


  • Prescott College, 2013-Present

Adjunct Faculty

  • Pima Community College, 2010-2011


  • Warren Wilson College MFA Program in Creative Writing, 2005, 2001, 1999 and 1996

Visiting Professor

  • Fiction Writing, University of Arizona, 1999

TA and Adjunct Faculty

  • University of Arizona, 1981-94, 1998: I taught undergraduate fiction and composition writing.


  • Fiction Writing,University of Arizona Extended University, 1996-98


  • Fiction Writing, Tucson Public Library Writers’ Project, 1987-95


  • American Indian Language Development Institute, 1989: I co-taught a course in teaching creative writing.


  • Writing Skills Improvement Program, University of Arizona, 1983-84


  • Freshman composition, Arizona State Prison’s Wilmot Unit, 1983

Arizona Department of Education
Arizona Department of Education


  • Indian Education Unit, 1991-94: I conducted teacher training in six Native American Communities in Arizona.

Program Specialist

  • Indian Education Unit, 1990: I completed a grant project aimed at instituting Native American Studies at Arizona State University.



  • At The Ready Magazine, 2013-2014

Editorial Director

  • UNEQ Consulting for unmanned systems, 2012-2013

Presentations (highlights)
Presentations (highlights)


  • Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, 2010

Plenary Session & Technical Sessions

  • Region IX Tribal Child Care Conference, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2004

Technical Sessions

  • Arizona Department of Education Adult Education State Conference, 2004


  • Arizona Reading Association, 2003

“For more than twenty years, Kit McIlroy and ArtsReach have been within the Indigenous voice of the Tohono O’odham and Yaqui languages in the desert region of Tucson in Southern Arizona…Put into written form by Tohono O’odham and Yaqui tribal youth, this literary anthology is composed of poems, stories, anecdotes and narrative tellings…And now resulting in Here I Am A Writer, a moving, powerful voice that evolves from the dynamic traditions of ongoing Indigenous languages that are always in creative flux. Highly recommended!”

Simon J. Ortiz

Author of Men on the Moon, Beyond the Reach of Time and Change, Out there Somewhere