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Pop-up: Heid E. Erdrich

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Heid E. Erdrich pops-up with her book of poetry, Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media.

Erdrich is paired with Anishinaabe Women’s Necklace by Tessa Sayers; found in the Native American Art on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


Heid E. Erdrich writes from the present into the future where human anxiety lives. Many of her poems engage ekphrasis around the visual work of contemporary artists who, like Erdrich, are Anishinaabe. Poems in this collection also curate unmountable exhibits in not-yet-existent museums devoted to the ephemera of communication and technology. A central trope is the mixtape, an ephemeral form that Erdrich explores in its role of carrying the romantic angst of American couples. These poems recognize how our love of technology and how the extraction industries on indigenous lands that technology requires threaten our future and obscure the realities of indigenous peoples who know what it is to survive apocalypse. Deeply eco-poetic poems extend beyond the page in poemeos, collaboratively made poem films accessible in the text through the new but already archaic use of QR codes. Collaborative poems highlighting lessons in Anishinaabemowin also broaden the context of Erdrich’s work. Despite how little communications technology has helped to bring people toward understanding one another, these poems speak to the keen human yearning to connect as they urge engagement of the image, the moment, the sensual, and the real.

Heid E. Erdrich

Heid E. Erdrich is the author of five collections of poetry, including Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media. Most recently, she's edited New Poets of Native Nations. She is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain, and lives and teaches in Minneapolis. Find Heid online at heiderdrich.com.

In addition to her festival events, Heid E. Erdrich is appearing in the following festival partner events:

Lit Crawl Portland -- Join us on a madcap literary adventure through the streets of downtown Portland! All events are free and open to the public, and culminate in the Tin House After Party. More info here.

Friday, November 9, 6:00–6:45 p.m.: Land Acknowledgement Ceremony

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