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New Poets of Native Nations

Edited by Heid E. Erdrich
New Poets of Native Nations gathers poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and tribal affiliations to present the extraordinary range and power of new Native poetry. Editor Heid E. Erdrich has selected twenty-one poets whose first books were published after the year 2000 to highlight the exciting works of poets coming up after Joy Harjo and Sherman Alexie. Collected here are poems of great breadth—long narratives, political outcries, experimental works, and traditional lyrics—and the result is an essential anthology of some of the best poets writing now.

Poets include Tacey M. Atsitty, Trevino L. Brings Plenty, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Laura Da’, Natalie Diaz, Jennifer Elise Foerster, Eric Gansworth, Gordon Henry, Jr., Sy Hoahwah, LeAnne Howe, Layli Long Soldier, Janet McAdams, Brandy Nalani McDougall, Margaret Noodin, dg nanouk okpik, Craig Santos Perez, Tommy Pico, Cedar Sigo, M. L. Smoker, Gwen Westerman, Karenne Wood

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A landmark anthology celebrating twenty-one Native poets first published in the twenty-first century

About the Author

Heid  Erdrich
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 Heid E. Erdrich is Ojibwe and an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. She is the author of five collections of poetry, including Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media, and the editor of New Poets of Native Nations. She lives in Minneapolis.
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Heid E. Erdrich appearing at Augsburg College

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Heid E. Erdrich reading at Zenith Bookstore

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Heid E. Erdrich reading at Elliott Bay Book Company

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Reading with Laura Da', Cedar Sigo, and Trevino Brings Plenty.


  • “[New Poets of Native Nations] is distinctly contemporary in its urgency, diversity and vibrancy.”Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
  • “This collection is a breathtaking, wide-ranging work of art. . . . It is a modern classic.”BuzzFeed
  • “An immensely important anthology that belongs in every library.”Booklist, starred review
  • “Essential. . . . Through this first anthology of US Native poets since 1988, Erdrich offers readers a path into a ‘brilliantly lit dimension’ that has long been obscured by colonialism in the worlds of academia and cultural production.”Publishers Weekly, starred review
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