W&L’s Master Class in Poetry Students Give Public Reading The university will host an online poetry reading by eight students in Heid Erdrich’s Master Class in Poetry course on March 15 at 6 p.m.
Washington and Lee University will host an online poetry reading by the students in Heid Erdrich’s Master Class in Poetry on March 15 at 6 p.m. Erdrich is the university’s 2021 Glasgow distinguished writer-in-residence. The students who will be reading at the event are Midha Ahmad ’21, Audrey Dietz ’23, Kelly Fennessy ’21, Chase Isbell ’21, Virginia Laurie ’22, Laurie Lee ’22, Isabel Ryan ’21 and Anneliese Schneider ’23.
The talk is free and open to the public to view online at http://go.wlu.edu/Erdrich.
Erdrich is the author of seven collections of poetry, the most recent of which is “Little Big Bully.” Her writing has won fellowships and awards from the National Poetry Series, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Bush Foundation and other organizations. She has twice won a Minnesota Book Award for poetry, and she edited the 2018 anthology “New Poets of Native Nations” from Graywolf Press.
Erdrich has also curated dozens of art exhibits focused on Native American artists. In 2016, she contributed to the Creative City Challenge award-winning public art project “Wolf and Moose” by Christopher Lutter-Gardella. Erdrich has also written plays produced by Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis.
She performs her poetry across the country and regularly collaborates with musicians, visual artists and dancers.