A native of Wahpeton, North Dakota, Louise Erdrich is the daughter of a half-Ojibwa (also known as Chippewa Indians) mother, who was a teacher at a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school, and a German father. Erdrich earned a B.A. from Dartmouth and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University. Many of her writings surround the Ojibwa Indians and the pained happenings at their intersection with white culture.
Her short story, “The World’s Greatest Fisherman,” became the foundation of her first novel, Love Medicine, which is a collection of interrelated short stories. While Erdrich’s work is noted for the themes of search for self, empowerment, and family angst, she is especially recognized for the depth of characterization in her stories. Her skill set doesn’t end at short stories and novels either; Erdrich also writes poetry and children’s books.
Currently, the author uses her platform to speak out in support of police brutality, the BLM movement, and a call for systemic change in the USA. Explore her writings on these topics on her blog.
Louise Erdrich was awarded the U.S. Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction in 2015.
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