You can find my current biography in several forms below. At the bottom of this page is a bit of autobiography that students have used in writing about my work.
My photo is downloadable on my welcome page.
Bookish Longish Bio:
Heid E. Erdrich is the author of four collections of poetry including Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems, 2012. Heid’s most recent book is a nonfiction work, Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest, 2013. Her writing has won awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Bush Foundation, The Loft Literary Center, and First People’s Fund. Her book National Monuments won the 2009 Minnesota Book Award. In 2013 she was named a City Pages Artists of the Year. Heid’s poem films have been screened widely at festivals and have won a Judges Award, a Best of Fest, and a Best Experimental Short award. She is an independent scholar and curator, a playwright, and founding publisher of Wiigwaas Press an Ojibwe language publisher. She teaches the MFA Creative Writing program of Augsburg College. Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She lives in the Twin Cities.
Professional Short Bio:
Heid E. Erdrich is a poet, writer, and filmmaker. She is a faculty mentor for Augsburg College Low-residency MFA . Heid also serves as the Interim Gallery Director for All My Relations Arts. She is author of five books, most recently Cell Traffic (poetry) and Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest, which was a City Pages Top Ten food book for 2014.
Short Friendly Bio:
Heid E. Erdrich’s writing has won awards and honors from the Loft Literary Center, Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, The First Peoples Fund and other organizations. She teaches writing and is a frequent speaker on Native American subjects. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, kids, and a feisty Jack Russell terrier.
Heid E. Erdrich is a collaborative artist and the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Cell Traffic from University of Arizona Press. Her curatorial work includes over a dozen exhibits in Minnesota. Heid’s poem films have been selected for screening at festivals internationally including ImagineNative, Co-Kisser, Native Film Festival, Vision Maker, and at the Santa Fe Indian Market film festival, Class-X. Her collaborative poem videos have won a Judges Award, a Best of Fest, and a Best Experimental Short awards in 2014 and 2015. Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She teaches the MFA Creative Writing program of Augsburg College.
Heid E. Erdrich is author of four poetry collections and a book of stories and recipes. Her play Curiosities was staged by Pangea World Theater in 2010 and a collaborative work she co-directed, Artifact Traffic was staged in 2013. Both works were part of Indigenous Voices from Pangea World Theater at Intermedia Arts. She performs her poetry across the country, sometimes collaborating with musicians, visual artists, and dancers. Heid is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY: 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–continually. 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. Just to round things out, I direct Wiigwaas Press, an Ojibwe language publisher.