NOVEMBER 26, 1963


Born in Breckenridge, Minn., raised in Wahpeton, North Dakota, Erdrich graduated from Dartmouth College (1986).  Earning Master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in poetry (1989) and fiction (1990), in 2003, she was Mentor of the Year for work with Native Writers and Storytellers.  She taught at JHU, and at Augsburg and St. Thomas Universities.  Erdrich authored several poetry collections, including:  Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media (2017); National Monuments (2008); The Mother’s Tongue (2005); and Fishing for Myth (1997).  She co-edited Sister Nations: Native American Women on Community (2002).  Awards:  Minn. State Arts Board, First Peoples Fund, and Archibald Bush Foundation.  With sister, Louise, she founded the Turtle Mountain Writing Workshop and the Birchbark House.  Currently, she directs Wiigwaas Press, publishing Ojibwe language books and other media.  In 2019, she was inducted into the National Native American Hall of Fame.

Source:  "Heid E. Erdrich," Poetry Foundation.  Retrieved 7/21/2019,
Photo:  Larry D. Moore, 10/27/2018.  Permissive Use pursuant to the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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