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Heid E. Erdrich

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Heid E. Erdrich

Heid E. Erdrich was born in 1963 in Breckenridge, Minnesota, and grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota. She is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe. She received a BA from Dartmouth College, two MA degrees from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, and a PhD from the Union Institute.

Erdrich is the author of four poetry collections: Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems (University of Arizona Press, 2012); National Monuments (Michigan State University Press, 2008), winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award; The Mother’s Tongue (Salt Publishing, 2005); and Fishing for Myth (New Rivers Press, 1997).

Of her work, Sherman Alexie writes, “Funny, sexy, rowdy, and surprising, these poems pretty much cover the entire human existence.” Erdrich also coedited Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002) and is the author of Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2013).

Erdrich directs Wiigwaas Press, an Ojibwe language publisher. She has received awards from the Archibald Bush Foundation, The Loft Literary Center, and the Minnesota State Arts Board, among others. She currently teaches in the MFA program at Augsburg College and lives in Minnesota.


Bibliography

Poetry
Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems (University of Arizona Press, 2012)
National Monuments (Michigan State University Press, 2008)
The Mother’s Tongue (Salt Publishing, 2005)
Fishing for Myth (New Rivers Press, 1997)

Prose
Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2013)

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This path our people walked
one hundred two hundred              endless years
since the tall grass opened for us
and we breathed the incense that sun on prairie
                                                             offers to sky

Peace offering with each breath
each footstep