1 p.m.–2 p.m.
What Does it Mean to be Indigenous Poets Laureate?

Kimberly Blaeser
Kimberly Blaeser, writer, photographer, and scholar, is a past Wisconsin Poet Laureate. She is the author of five poetry collections, most recently the bi-lingual Résister en dansant/Ikwe-niimi: Dancing Resistance (2020), Copper Yearning (2019), and Apprenticed to Justice. Blaeser edited the
Heid E. Erdrich
Heid E. Erdrich has authored several poetry collections, including Little Big Bully, a National Poetry Series winner. Erdrich edited New Poets of Native Nations anthology from Graywolf Press and has received many honors, including the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the
Gwen Nell Westerman
Gwen Nell Westerman is a poet, visual artist, and scholar. Her roots are deep in the landscape of the tallgrass prairie and reveal themselves in her art and writing. She is an enrolled citizen of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, and her father's family is from the Heipa District. Her mother's family is
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In-Na-Po Conference

Minnesota Poet Laureate Gwen Nell Westerman, Minneapolis Inaugural Poet Laureate Heid E. Erdrich, and former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin Kimberly Blaeser consider the honor, role, and responsibility from their Indigenous perspectives. The three Poets Laureate will be interviewed by Melissa Olson, MPR reporter.

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Kimberly Blaeser
Heid E. Erdrich
Gwen Nell Westerman