Heid E. ErdrichPoetry
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20091204
A member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, Heid E. Erdrich was raised in Wahpeton, North Dakota, where her parents taught at the Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school. Along with her sister and fellow writer, Louise Erdrich, she co-founded the Turtle Mountain Writing Workshop and Birchbark House, a non-profit indigenous language and literature clearinghouse. Heid E. Erdrich talks about her very creative family, issues of genetics and identity, and her three collections of poetry: The Mother's Tongue, Fishing for Myth and National Monuments, which won the 2009 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry.
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