Dr. Ofelia Zepeda is a member of the Tohono O'odham Nation of southern Arizona, born and raised in Stanfield, Arizona. Ofelia Zepeda has three books of poetry, Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert, Jewed I-hoi/Earth Movements, and Where Clouds are Formed, and is the co-editor of Home Places, a celebration of twenty years of publication of the Sun Tracks series. Ofelia is one of the few Native American writers who writes and published poetry in her language.
She is a Regents' Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona and recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship for her work in American Indian language education, maintenance and recovery. She is director of the American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI).