Wisconsin Poet Laureate – Kimberly Blaeser

kim_blaeser_portrait-1crpnq7-200x300Wisconsin’s current Poet Laureate is Kimberly Blaeser. A native of White Earth Reservation in NW Minnesota, Blaeser now lives in Lyons Township and teaches English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Blaeser has published three collections of poetry–Absentee Indians and Other Poems, Trailing You, and Apprenticed to Justice–edited Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishinaabe Prose and Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry, and appeared in a multitude of anthologies.

Blaeser’s work draws on a rich family history of storytelling and an abiding love of the natural world. She is currently working on something she calls “picto-poems,” pieces that combine poems and images in the tradition of Native American pictographs.

Read Blaeser’s conversation with UWM’s Kathy Quirk here>>

Visit Blaeser’s website here>>

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