Diane Glancy

in conversation with Kimberly Blaeser

Saturday, October 16, 2021 • Fine Arts Center • 11:00am

Diane Glancy’s poetry and prose has long considered the entangled threads of community, history, and language. In her latest work, A Line Of Driftwood: The ADA Blackjack Story (Turtle Point Press), Glancy creates a new narrative based on the historical record of a young Inupiat woman who survived on a small island 200 miles off the Arctic Coast of Siberia for two years after traveling there as a cook and seamstress along with four professional explorers. At this special TCBF event, Glancy will be in conversation about the book and the fascinating history behind it with Wisconsin writer Kimberly Blaeser.

Is there a tether that pulls [Diane Glancy] back into the historical? Or is it the other way around? 

—Peter Mishler, LitHub

Diane Glancy is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, and professor emeritus at Macalester College. Her works have won the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, a Juniper Prize for Poetry, and an American Book Award. In 2018, Publishers Weekly named her book Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears one of the ten essential Native American novels. Her 2020 work, Island of the Innocent: A Consideration of the Book of Job continues and deepens a lifelong exploration of the religious and cultural dimensions of identity.


Kimberly Blaeser, poet, critic, essayist, and fiction writer, is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a member of the low residency MFA faculty for the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Blaeser, who served as Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2015-2016, is Anishinaabe, an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, and grew up on White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota.  Blaeser is also an avid wildlife and nature photographer often exhibiting her photos, ekphrastic poetry, and a mixed-genre art form for which she invented the term “Picto-Poem.” She lives in the woods and wetlands of rural 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.


Hours & Location

Saturday, October 16, 2021
10am to 5pm • Free!

Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Progress Center and Fine Arts Building
1265 Snelling Ave N
St Paul, MN 55108