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Kimberly Blaeser, writer, photographer, and scholar, served as Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2015-16. She is the author of four poetry collections—most recently Copper Yearning (2019) and Apprenticed to Justice; and the editor of Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. A Professor of English and Indigenous Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Blaeser also serves on faculty for the Institute of American Indian Arts MFA program in Santa Fe. Her work has been widely anthologized, and selections of her poetry translated into several languages including Spanish, French, Norwegian, Indonesian, and Hungarian. Her photographs, picto-poems, and ekphrastic poetry have been featured in various venues including the exhibits “Ancient Light” and “Visualizing Sovereignty.” An enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Blaeser grew up on White Earth Reservation. She lives in the woods and wetlands of Lyons Township, Wisconsin and spends part of each year at a water-access cabin adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota chasing poems, photos, and river otters—sometimes all at once.
Of You Are Still Alive, William Stobb's 2019 poetry collection, Amy Gerstler writes, "These poems honor the marvelous strangeness of each passing moment, never losing sight of the yawning maw of the dubious future.... It's as though the reader had been dropped into the mind of a loving, funny, humble, infinitely generous, nimble-minded Buddhist monk brought up on classic science fiction." Stobb's five previous titles include the National Poetry Series Selection, Nervous Systems, and Absentia, both from Penguin Books, along with a chapbook of desert fragments, Artifact Eleven, inspired by Earthworks artist, Michael Heizer. Stobb's poems appear in American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Kenyon Review, New Orleans Review, and many other journals. He works on the editorial staff of the groundbreaking 'zine, Conduit, and its new book publishing division, Conduit Books & Ephemera. He teaches on the Creative Writing faculty at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.
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