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Kimberly Blaeser

Kimberly Blaeser (White Earth Anishinaabe) is a Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she teaches Creative Writing, Native American Literature, and American Nature Writing.

An enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe who grew up on the White Earth Reservation, Blaeser is the author of Gerald Vizenor: Writing in the Oral Tradition, a critical study, and three collections of poetry: Trailing You, winner of the first book award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, Absentee Indians and Other Poems, and Apprenticed to Justice. She is the editor of Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishinaabe Prose and Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. Blaeser’s poetry, short fiction, essays, and critical works have been widely anthologized in national and international collections such as Force Majeure; Earth Song, Sky Spirit; Reinventing the Enemy’s Language; Narrative Chance; Women on Hunting; The Colour of Resistance; This Giving Birth; Dreaming History; Eating Fire, Tasting Blood; As We Are Now, Returning the Gift, Talking on the Page, Other Sisterhoods, Unsettling America; Skins; Sister Nations; Nothing But the Truth; After Confession; Here First; Imaginary (Re-) Locations; and Blue Dawn, Red Earth. Selections of her poetry has been translated into several languages—Norwegian, French, Spanish, and, most recently, into Indonesian.

A recent long essay, “Cannons and Canonization: Native Poetics through Autonomy, Colonization, Nationalism, and Decolonization” is included in Columbia History of Native American Literature of the United States. Blaeser lives with her husband and two young children in the woods and wetlands of rural Lyons Township in Wisconsin and is currently at work on a verbal and material collage tentatively titled Tinctures of a Family Tree.

Updated 3.25.2009