photo by Chris Felver

photo by Chris Felver

My bios – in several forms with word count.

 Bookish/Literary Bio:

Heid E. Erdrich  is the author of six collections of poetry including  Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media (2017) which won a Minnesota Book Award in poetry. Heid edited the anthology New Poets of Native Nations, Graywolf Press, 2018, and co-edited Sister Nations, Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002. Heid’s nonfiction work, Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest, was a City Pages Best Food Book of 2014. Her writing has won awards from the McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Bush Foundation, The Loft Literary Center, and First People’s Fund. She is a Native Arts and Cultures Fellow in Literature. Heid’s collaborative poem videos (poemeos)  have won Best of Fest and a Best Experimental  Short awards. She works as an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and visual arts curator. Heid teaches poetry and mixed-genre at the MFA Creative Writing Program of Augsburg University. Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain.

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Professional Short Bio:

Heid E. Erdrich is a poet, writer and interdisciplinary artist. Heid edited the recent anthology New Poets of Native Nations, Graywolf Press, 2018. She is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media and a non-fiction work Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest. She is a faculty mentor for Augsburg University’s Low-residency MFA. Heid is Ojibwe, enrolled at Turtle Mountain.

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Short Friendly Bio:

Heid E. Erdrich’s poetry and other writing has won awards and honors from the Loft Literary Center, Native Arts and Culture Foundation, The First Peoples Fund and other organizations. She teaches writing and is a frequent speaker on Native American literature, visual art, and Indigenous foods, among other subjects. She lives in Minnesota and is Ojibwe, enrolled at Turtle Mountain. Heid enjoys working with students, communities, and librarians.

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Heid E. Erdrich is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She is an author of  eight 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 is Skew Lines, May 2019, created in a dual residency with Rosy Simas for SooVac gallery in Minneapolis.

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