Louise Erdrich (Born on June 7, 1954)
The early eighties were breakthrough years for Erdrich. In 1982, she won the first prize of the Nelson Algren Award for her short story “The World’s Greatest Fisherman” as well as a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. The following year, she also won the Pushcart Prize for her poem “Indian Boarding School” and a National Magazine Fiction Award for “Scales,” another short story. In 1984, Erdrich published Jacklight, a poetry collection. It contains humorous Potchikoo poems about the Indian trickster and narrative poems entitled “The Butcher’s Wife,” named Mary Kröger. Continue . . .