Kimberly Blaeser

Kimberly Blaeser, a professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate (2015-2016), teaches creative writing, Native American literature, and American nature writing. Blaeser is Anishinaabe and an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. She grew up on the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota amid a vibrant natural world, and there first received teachings on earth ethics and living in respectful reciprocity. She is a nature photographer and the author or editor of six books, including three poetry collections: Apprenticed to Justice, Absentee Indians, and Trailing You. Blaeser’s poetry, short fiction, and scholarly essays have been widely anthologized, and selections of her poetry have been translated into Spanish, Norwegian, Indonesian, Hungarian, and French. She is an editorial board member for the “American Indian Lives” series of University of Nebraska Press, and the “Native American Series” of Michigan State University Press. Blaeser’s writing frequently explores intersecting ideas about Native place, nature, preservation, and spiritual sustenance. She lives in the woods and wetlands of rural Lyons Township, WI, and spends part of each year at a water-access cabin next to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota.