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Heid E. Erdrich authored seven books of poetry, a non-fiction work on indigenous foods, and she edited New Poets of Native Nations anthology for Graywolf Press. Her honors include a National Poetry Series award and two Minnesota Book Awards. She teaches in Augsburg University’s Low-residency MFA. Heid is Ojibwe.

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Heid E. Erdrich’s new book, Little Big Bully from Penguin, won a National Poetry Series award. She edited New Poets of Native Nations from Graywolf Press. Heid is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain.

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LITERARY BIO Heid E. Erdrich is the author of six collections of poetry. Her writing has won fellowships and awards from the National Poetry Series, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Bush Foundation, Loft Literary Center, First People’s Fund, and other honors. She has twice won a Minnesota Book Award for poetry. Heid edited the 2018 anthology New Poets of Native Nations from Graywolf Press which won an American Book Award. Her most recent poetry collection, Little Big Bully, won the Balcones Prize. Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain.

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INTERDISCIPLINARY BIO Heid E. Erdrich is a writer and an interdisciplinary artist. She works as a visual arts curator and collaborator and as an educator. Heid teaches in residencies including as the recent  Distinguished Visiting Professor in Liberal Arts at University of Minnesota Morris and as Mentor in  the low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program of Augsburg University. Heid edited the 2018 anthology New Poets of Native Nations from Graywolf Press. Her poetry collection is Little Big Bully was published by Penguin in 2020. Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain.

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ARTS BIO Heid E. Erdrich is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She is an author of  several books of poetry and prose and is an interdisciplinary artist. Her poemeos (poem films and videos) created in collaboration with Elizabeth Day, Jonathan Thunder and Trevino Brings Plenty, have won Best of Show and Best of Fest awards. Heid has curated dozens of art exhibits focused on Native American artists. In 2016, she was a contributing artist to the Creative City Challenge award-winning public art project Wolf and Moose by Christopher Lutter-Gardella. Heid has collaborated with Rosy Simas Danse since 2016, and she has contributed to works choreographed by Ananya Dance, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theater, and others. Heid has written plays produced by Pangea World theater. She performs her poetry across the country, sometimes collaborating with musicians, visual artists, and dancers. Her first exhibit as a featured artist was Skew Lines, May 2019, created in a dual residency with Rosy Simas for SooVac gallery in Minneapolis.

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