Heid E. Erdrich

Minnesota, United States

Member Since: 09/02/1995

Heid E. Erdrich edited New Poets of Native Nations (Graywolf Press, 2018) and is the author of five collections of poetry including Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media and National Monuments - both Minnesota Book Award winners. Heid's new and selected poems, Cell Traffic, was published by University of Arizona Press. Her nonfiction work, Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes won a Best Food Book honor from City Pages. She is an independent scholar and curator. Her poem-films, created with all-indigenous artists, have won awards including Best of Festival and Best Experimental Short. Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. Her writing degrees are from Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University as well as a research Doctorate from Union Institute. She has won awards from Loft Literary Center, Native Arts and Culture Foundation, First Peoples Fund, Minnesota State Arts Board, Bush Foundation, and a City Pages Artists of the Year designation for 2013. Heid regularly serves as a visiting author, speaker, and scholar for colleges, universities, libraries, cultural centers, and arts organizations. She teaches poetry and mixed-genre in the Low-Residency MFA program of Augsburg University. 

Website: heiderdrich.com

Twitter Username: @HeidErdrich


  • New Poets of Native Nations , Graywolf Press (July 10, 2018)
  • Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media , Michigan State University Press (March 1, 2017)
  • Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest , Minnesota Historical Society Press (November 15, 2013)
  • Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems , University of Arizona Press (April 2012)
  • National Monuments , Michigan State University Press (2008)
  • The Mother's Tongue , Salt Publishing, UK (2004)
  • Sister Nations: Native American Women on Community , Minnesota Historical Society Press (2002)


  • Loft-McKnight Fellowship in Prose(2017)
  • Native Arts and Cultures Fund National Fellowship in Literature(2018)
  • Minnesota Book Award(2018)
  • State Arts Board Award for Poetry(2012)
  • Minnesota Book Award(2009)


  • Faculty/Mentor at Augsburg College Low-Res MFA (April 2014 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Literature from Dartmouth College (1986)
  • Master of Arts in Professional Writing from The Johns Hopkins University (1990)
  • Doctoral Degree in Creative Writing and Native American Literature from Union Institute University (2012)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Children's literature , Poetry