Heid E. Erdrich

Board Member, Indigenous Nations Poets

Heid E. Erdrich grew up in Wahpeton North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. Her new poetry collection Little Big Bully won a National Poetry Series award for 2020. Heid’s awards include a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship and she has twice won a Minnesota Book Award for poetry. Heid teaches in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program of Augsburg University. In 2021 she is the Glasgow Visiting Professor at Washington and Lee University. Heid edited the 2018 anthology New Poets of Native Nations from Graywolf Press. Her forthcoming poetry/mixed genre collection is Verb Animate, from Tinderbox Editions in 2021.

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Habitat Threshold

Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Omnidawn
Publication Date: 2020

With Habitat Threshold, Craig Santos Perez has crafted a timely collection of eco-poetry that explores his ancestry as a native Pacific Islander, the ecological plight of his homeland, and his fears for the future. The book begins with the birth of the author’s daughter, capturing her growth and childlike awe at the wonders of nature. As it progresses, Perez confronts the impacts of environmental injustice, the ravages of global capitalism, toxic waste, animal extinction, water rights, human violence, mass migration, and climate change. Throughout, he mourns lost habitats and species, and confronts his fears for the future world his daughter will inherit. Amid meditations on calamity, this work does not stop at the threshold of elegy. Instead, the poet envisions a sustainable future in which our ethics are shaped by the indigenous belief that the earth is sacred and all beings are interconnected—a future in which we cultivate love and “carry each other towards the horizon of care.”

Through experimental forms, free verse, prose, haiku, sonnets, satire, and a method he calls “recycling,” Perez has created a diverse collection filled with passion. Habitat Threshold invites us to reflect on the damage done to our world and to look forward, with urgency and imagination, to the possibility of a better future.

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