Sister Nations: A Celebration of Native American Women Writers

Come celebrate Native American Heritage Month and Native American women writers at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Featured writers include Heid E. Erdrich, Linda LeGarde Grover, Dr. Pauline Danforth, and Marcie Rendon.

Monday, Nov. 1 at 7pm
Fond du Lac Amphitheater
2101 14th St., Cloquet

This event is free and open to the public. Q & A and reception to follow.

Heid E. Erdich has authored three poetry collections including National MonumentsFishing for Myth, The Mother’s Tongue, and co-edited Sister Nations: Native American Women on Community. She has four times been nominated for the Minnesota Book Award, which she won in 2009. A member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibway, Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota. She earned degrees from Dartmouth College and The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. She and her sister Louise Erdrich recently co-founded a non-profit clearinghouse for indigenous language-centered literature called Birchbark House.

Linda LeGarde Grover is a Bois Forte Ojibwe and a professor of American Indian Studies at UMD.  She has published poetry, fiction and research on Ojibwe pedagogy, the Vermilion Lake Indian School, and the Eastman Johnson art collection.  Her book about an Ojibwe family in northern Minnesota, The Dance Boots, was recently published by the  University of Georgia Press, and has received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Dr. Pauline Danforth is a community faculty member and full-time adviser at Metropolitan State University.  She has published short stories and poetry both locally and nationally.  In 2010 she received a Minnesota State Humanities Cultural Partnership grant to both further her writing and to collaborate with Dreams of Wild Health, an area nonprofit that teaches urban Indian teenagers about traditional gardening and harvesting.  Pauline graduated from Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota.  She is an enrolled member of the White Earth Reservation.

Marcie R. Rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Anishinabe Nation. She is a mother,  grandmother, writer, and sometimes performance artist. She is a playwright, poet, and freelance writer. A former recipient of the Loft‘s Inroads Writers of Color Award for Native Americans she studied poetry under Anishinabe author Jim Northrup. She was a 1998/99 recipient of the St. Paul Company’s LIN (Leadership In Neighborhoods) Grant to “create a viable Native presence in the Twin Cities theater community.” Her first children’s book, Pow Wow Summer was published by CarolRhoda Publications in 1996. Her second children’s book, The Farmer’s Market/Families Working Together, was released in the spring of 2001.

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