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Kim at Returning the Gift Festival, 2012 in Milwaukee, Indian Summer Stage.

Kim at Returning the Gift Festival, 2012 in Milwaukee, Indian Summer Stage.


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    Kimberly Blaeser (Anishinaabe) is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and grew up on the White Earth Reservation. After graduating from Mahnomen high school and the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota, she worked for two years as a journalist before enrolling in graduate school. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Notre Dame. Currently an Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, she teaches courses in Native American Literature, Creative Writing, and American Nature Writing.

    Blaeser, whose publications include three books and more than sixty appearances in anthologies and journals, has lectured or read from her work in over 100 locations in the United States, Canada, and Europe and been the recipient of awards for both writing and speaking. She is a past vice president of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers and currently serves on two American Indian Literature series boards for University presses. At UW-Milwaukee Blaeser is the faculty advisor for Word Warriors, a multicultural writers' organization she helped found in 1991.

    Blaeser's second collection of poems, Absentee Indians, was published by Michigan State University Press. She recently received an Artists Fellowship in Poetry from the Wisconsin Arts Board and is at work on a creative collage, Family Tree. Blaeser lives with her husband, Len Wardzala, and two young children, Gavin and Amber, in the woods and wetlands of rural Lyons township, Wisconsin.