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Karen Louise Erdrich, better known as Louise Erdrich, was born on June 7, 1954, in Little Falls, Minnesota. Her family is Native American. Her books, short stories, and poetry mostly revolve around Native American themes. Both of her parents served as tribal chairman for the band of Chippewa Indians during the 1950s.
Although Erdrich was born in Minnesota, she grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Her parents both worked at the Bureau of Indian Affairs School. After high school, Erdrich enrolled at Dartmouth College, and in 1976 earned her Bachelor of Arts. She also met her future husband at Dartmouth College who was, at the time, the director of Native American Studies.
Like so many writers before her, Erdrich worked many different jobs before her time came as a writer. She worked as a construction flag signaler, lifeguard, waitress, and a poetry teacher at prisons. During this time she wrote and published many poems and short stories. Erdrich’s short story, The World’s Greatest Fisherman, won the Nelson Algren Prize for short fiction. This made her realize that she very much had the potential to be a great writer.
Erdrich is the owner of a small bookstore called Birchbark Books. She lives in Minneapolis where she continues her writing.