Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Upper Rubber Poet: Couplets preview

Tomorrow's Poetry Blossom as part of Couplets: Heid Erdrich

A member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibway, Heid Erdrich grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota. She earned degrees from Dartmouth College and The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. A recipient of Minnesota State Arts Board fellowships, awards from The Loft Literary Center, the Archibald Bush Foundation and elsewhere, Heid E. Erdrich is author of four poetry collections, most recently Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems from University of Arizona Press, National Monuments from Michigan State University Press won the 2009 Minnesota Book Award. Heid directs Wiigwaas Press an Ojibwe language publisher. Wiigwaas published its first mono-lingual Ojibwe language book, Awesiinyensag, written by a team of Ojibwe speakers, scholars and students in 2010. In 2011, Wiigwaas published Daga Anishinaabemodaa by Dennis Jones, illustrations by Aza Erdrich.

Heid teaches writing workshops and has one coming up in May on Madeline Island that will focus on the similarities between fine craft, such as beadwork, embroidery, quillwork, sewing, and the craft of writing. The Fine Line: Poetics as a String of BeadsThis workshop is described as a way to create new poems inspired by the similarities between fine craft and the craft of writing! But you need to sign up for this class ASAP. 

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