Heid E. Erdrich, author of four collections of poetry including Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems (2012), will read as part of the McGrath Visiting Writers Series Monday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the Minnesota State University Moorhead library porch. It’s free and open to the public.
Erdrich’s most recent book is a nonfiction work, Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest (2013). Her writing has won awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Foundation, The Loft Literary Center, and First Peoples Fund. Her book National Monuments won the 2009 Minnesota Book Award. In 2013 she was named a City Pages Artist of the Year.
A filmmaker, independent scholar and curator, playwright, and founding publisher of Wiigwaas Press, an Ojibwe language publisher, she teaches in the MFA Creative Writing program at Augsburg College. She grew up in Wahpeton, N.D., lives in the Twin Cities, and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain.
This reading is co-sponsored by the American Indian Student Association and the American Indian Research & Resource Center.
About the McGrath Visiting Writers Series
Named in honor of the late Thomas McGrath, an internationally recognized and award-winning author who taught at Moorhead State University from 1969-1983, the Tom McGrath Visiting Writers Series brings to campus some of the finest contemporary writers to read and share their work with students, faculty and the community. The series has featured more than 150 featured writers and sponsored or supported more than 50 other writers and events since its inaugural season.
Some of the many distinguished visiting writers have included U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins; Pulitzer Prize winners Carol Shields and Ted Kooser; National Book Award Winners Robert Bly and William Stafford; and National Book Critics Circle Award winners Louise Erdrich and B.H. Fairchild.