The Poet and the Poem
Featured Heid E. Erdrich
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Poet Heid E. Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota, and raised in nearby Wahpeton, North Dakota, where her Ojibwe mother and German American father taught at the Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school. She earned a BA from Dartmouth College and two MAs from the Johns Hopkins University, in poetry and fiction.
Erdrich is the author of several poetry collections, including Little Big Bully (Penguin Books, 2020); Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media (Michigan State University Press, 2017); Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems (2012); National Monuments (2008), winner of the Minnesota Book Award; The Mother's Tongue (2005), part of Salt Publishing's award-winning Earthworks Series of Native American and Latin American literature; and Fishing for Myth (1997).