Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, January 12, 2014 as she talks with Heid Erdrich, the author of four poetry collections, including Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems, The Mother's Tongue, Fishing for Myth, and Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community . She has received awards from the Loft Literary Center, the Archibald Bush Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, First People's Fund and she won a Minnesota Book Award for National Monuments in 2009. Her latest book is Original Local: Indigenous Foods Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest.
Heid says: Most of my life I have been pursuing my education–from St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire, through Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and finally designing my own doctoral program. Of course I have learned in other ways, too, including from my husband and kids. My extended family is large and full of writers, artists, educators and medical professionals. My cultural identity is Ojibwe and I am an enrolled member of my tribe. My mother’s family is from the Turtle Mountain reservation in North Dakota. My father’s family came from Germany to Minnesota. I grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and now live in Minnesota. I am a frequent visiting writer at educational and cultural institutions, which means I get to travel a lot, which I love. In Minnesota, I often work with galleries to present exhibits focused on Native American artists. I direct Wiigwaas Press, an Ojibwe language publisher.