Roberta Hill on First Person Radio 5/21/2014


Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 as she talks with renowned Poet and professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We'll hear some poetry from her new book Cicadas: New and Selected Poems available at most book stores and online sellers. Louise Erdrich says, "Roberta Hill is a poet who understands struggle,  and generously imparts her passion for renewal. Her work always stems from the toughness of a compassionate survivor." 

Roberta Hill grew up in Wisconsin among the Oneida community and also in Green Bay; the family moved between the two locales several times. A sense of dispossession engendered by forced migration has long been a part of Oneida culture, and this attitude is evident in Hill's poetry. Her most recent collection,Cicadas, was published by Holy Cow! Press and has been dubbed "one of the most important collections of contemporary indigenous American poetry" by Joy Harjo.

Hill attended the University of Wisconsin and the University of Montana, where she completed her M.F.A. in 1973. She has taught on the Oneida and Rosebud reservations and is currently Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin. She is a professor of English and American Indian studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her doctoral dissertation is a biography that documents the life of her grandmother, Dr. Lillie Rosa Minoka-Hill, a member of the New York-based Mohawk tribe. Minoka-Hill graduated from the former Philadelphia Women’s Medical College in 1899, making her the second Native American woman to hold a medical degree in the United States.

Playlist Tracks: 
Roberta Hill - Professor of English
Topics: Book: Cicadas: New and Selected Poems
Air Date: 
May 21, 2014

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