TITLE: Native American Women Writers Discuss New Book, "Sister Nations"
SPEAKER: Heid E. Erdrich, Laura Tohe
EVENT DATE: 2003/03/04
RUNNING TIME: 22 minutes
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Native American women writers discuss new book, "Sister Nations."
Speaker Biography: Heid Erdrich was born in Breckenridge, Minn. in November, 1963. Having earned degrees from Dartmouth and Johns Hopkins University, she has taught at Johns Hopkins, as well as Augsburg College in Minneapolis. She went on to become a professor of Writing and Native American Literature at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Union Institute University in Cincinnati. She is a founder of the Birchbark Books Press and co-founder of the Turtle Mountain Writing Workshop. Erdrich has published a collection of poems called "Fishing for Myth" and lives with her husband, their two children, and their dog, Boozhoo, in St. Paul. Born in Fort Defiance, Ariz., Tohe is Dine (Navajo), Tsenabahinii (Sleepy Water People clan) and Todich'iinii (Bitter Water clan). Her work has been published in numerous journals, such as Calyx and Callaloo, and has also been translated into modern dance and music by The Moving Company in Omaha, Neb. She is a member of the National Caucus Board of the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers and on the Advisory Board for the wicazo sa review. She has been a special volume editor for Nebraska Humanities and a speaker for the Nebraska and Arizona Humanities Programs, as well as serving on both the Nebraska and Kansas Art Councils. Laura Tohe holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of New Mexico and an master's and Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska, where she received both a Regent Fellowship and Minority Fellowships to support her studies. She is now an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Arizona State University.
Speaker Biography: Laura Tohe grew up near the Chuska Mountains on the eastern border of the Din?? homeland. She currently lives in Mesa, Arizona. A poet, writer, and librettist, Tohe's work has been published in the journals Ploughshares, New Letters, Red Ink, World Literature Today and many others. She has read her poetry in the U.S., Europe, and South America. Laura received her Bachelors degree from the University of New Mexico and her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
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