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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

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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 reading at Elliott Bay Book Company

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Reading with Laura Da' and Cedar Sigo.

Heid E. Erdrich reading at Harvard University

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Reading and in conversation with Tacey M. Atsitty and Eric L. Gansworth. Location: Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street.

Heid E. Erdirch appearing at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts as part of LitQuake

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Appearing with Julian Talamantez Brolaski and Jennifer Foerster. Moderated by Greg Sarris. $10 donation suggested.


  • “A revelatory anthology.”BBC Culture
  • “This book is a wonderful, needed, vital breath of air. . . . New Poets of Native Nations is a wonderfully conceived collection, full of exciting juxtapositions, rich language and a fine equipoise between generosity and restraint. It’s safe to say New Poets of Native Nations is an essential read.”Paste Magazine
  • “[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
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