Kimberly Blaeser ~ Chippewa, Anishinaabe

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Kimberly Blaeser
Kimberly Blaeser

Kimberly Blaeser is a Native American (Chippewa) writer of mixed German and Anishinaabe descent. She is an enrolled tribal member, and grew up on the White Earth reservation.

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Her first book of poetry, Trailing You, was awarded the 1993 Diane Decorah First Book Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, and she was the first critic to publish a book-length study of the fiction of her fellow White Earth Anishinaabeg writer, Gerald Vizenor. Blaeser currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.



  • Apprenticed to Justice’. Salt Publishing, 2007.
  • Trailing You. Greenfield Press, 1994 (First Book Award for Poetry, Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas
  • Absentee Indians and other Poems
  • Literary Criticism

  • “On Mapping and Urban Shamans”, in As We Are Now: Mixblood Essays on Race and Identity, edited by William S. Penn. University of California Press, 1997
  • Gerald Vizenor: Writing in the Oral Tradition. University of Oklahoma Press, 1996.
  • Edited collections

  • Stories Migrating Home. Edited and introduced by Blaeser and including her short story “Fancy Dog Contest.” Loonfeather Press, 1999.
  • “Like ‘Reeds through the Ribs of a Basket’: Native Women Weaving Stories”, in Other Sisterhoods: Literary Theory and U.S. Women of Color, edited by Sandra Kumamoto Stanley. University of Illinois, 1998.
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