Heid Erdrich

Literature- Poetry

St. Paul, MN

June 2004

More at: http://heiderdrich.com/

Heid E. Erdrich is a Turtle Mountain Ojibwe writer and editor of poetry, short stories, and nonfiction, and maker of poem films. Born Wahpeton, ND, she attended college at Dartmouth and Johns Hopkins University. Heid draws upon her heritage in writing about biology, motherhood, and spirituality. Rather than examine one at a time, she weaves them across her body of work to create a vast web of intelligence and meaning.

Erdrich is the author of several poetry collections, including Little Big Bully (Penguin Books, 2020); Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media (Michigan State University Press, 2017); Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems (2012); National Monuments (2008), winner of the Minnesota Book Award; The Mother’s Tongue (2005), part of Salt Publishing’s award-winning Earthworks Series of Native American and Latin American literature; and Fishing for Myth (1997). Erdrich has received fellowships and awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Loft Literary Center, the First Peoples Fund, and the Archibald Bush Foundation. With her sister, the writer Louise Erdrich, she founded and leads the Turtle Mountain Writing Workshop. In 2008 the sisters co-founded The Birchbark House, a fund to support indigenous language revitalization efforts. Since 2010, Erdrich has directed Wiigwaas Press which publishes Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) language books, films, and other media.