Kimberly Blaeser, Wisconsin Poet Laureate 2015-2016, is the author of five poetry collections including Copper Yearning, Apprenticed to Justice, and the 2020 bi-lingual Résister en dansant/Ikwe-niimi: Dancing Resistance. An Anishinaabe activist and environmentalist from White Earth Reservation, she also authored the monograph Gerald Vizenor: Writing in the Oral Tradition and edited Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. Blaeser is a Professor of English and Indigenous Studies at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, an MFA faculty member for the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, and founding director of the literary organization In-Na-Po—Indigenous Nations Poets. Blaeser is an editorial board member for the “American Indian Lives” series of the University of Nebraska Press and for the “Native American Series” of Michigan State University Press. She serves on the Poetry Coalition of the Academy of American Poets and the board of directors the Aldo Leopold Foundation. In 2020, Blaeser was named a Fellow by the Wisconsin Academy
Her literary awards include the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award, Zona Gale Short Fiction Award, Diane Decorah first book award, Woodland Indian Arts Initiative Grant, a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship in Poetry, a Drama of the Year Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, and seven Pushcart Nominations. Her photographs, picto-poems, and ekphrastic pieces have been included in exhibits such as “Ancient Light” and “Visualizing Sovereignty.” Her writing is widely anthologized with selections of her poetry translated into several languages including Spanish, French, Norwegian, Indonesian, Chinese, and Hungarian. She has performed her work in person or virtually at over 350 different venues around the globe. Blaeser lives in rural Lyons Township, Wisconsin; and, for portions of each year, in a water-access cabin near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota.
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