I am currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where I also serve at the Director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education. I am also Book Review Editor for the journal, Studies in American Indian Literature, and Co-Editor of the annual volume, Papers of the Algonquian Conference. My primary research and writing centers on language revitalization and creative use of Anishinaabemowin. I am especially interested in working in digital environments to teach and entertain.  My poems have been published in Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, Poetry Magazine, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Water Stone Review, and Yellow Medicine Review.  To see and hear current projects visit http://www.ojibwe.net


Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2001

M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Minnesota, 1990

B.A. English, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1987

B.S. Secondary Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1987


Weweni: A Collection of Anishinaabe Poetry. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2015.

Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2014.

“Ganawendamaw: Anishinaabe Concepts of Sustainability” in Narratives of Educating for Sustainability in Unsustainable Environments: An Edited Collection edited by Jane Halady and Scott Hicks. Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2017. Noodin, M., & Sheldon, S.

“Waasamodibaajibiigemaazoying: Bright Lines of Story in Song” in Studies in American Indian Literatures, 29(1), 88-99, 2017.

“Language Revitalization, Anishinaabemowin, and Erdrich’s The Birchbark House Series.” Frontiers in American Children’s Literature. Eds. Dorothy Clark and Linda Salem. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.

“Aki: The Spirit of the Land is in Our Language” in Honor the Earth: Indigenous Responses to Environmental Degradation in the Great Lakes. Phil Belfy, ed. 2014: 123 – 132.

“Megwa Baabaamiiaayaayaang Dibaajomoyaang: Anishinaabe Literature as Memory in Motion.” Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature, eds. James H. Cox and Daniel Heath Justice, Oxford University Press, 2014.

“Anishinaabemowin: Language, Family and Community.” Bringing our Languages Home: Language Revitalization for Families. Ed. Leanne Hinton. Berkeley: Heydey Press, 2013.

“Bundling the Day and Unraveling the Night.” Special double issue of SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures and American Indian Quarterly: The SAI and Its Legacies. Studies in American Indian Literature 25.2 (2013): 237 – 240.

“Beshaabiiag G’gikenmaaigowag: Comets of Knowledge.” Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World through Stories. Eds. Jill Doerfler, Niigaanwewidom James Sinclair and Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2013.

“Ezhi-waanimazinbiiganankewag: The Way They Write Circular Images.” Papers of the Forty First Algonquian Conference held at Concordia University in October 2009. Eds. Karl S. Hele and J. Randolph Valentine (2013): 195 – 207.

“Louise Erdrich Anishinaabezhibiiaan.” Louise Erdrich: Critical Insights. Ed. P. Jane Hafen. Ipswich, Massachusetts: Salem Press Inc., 2012.

“Weweni Nd’nisidotami Ezhi-Anishinaabebiigeyaang– Carefully We Understand How We Write Anishinaabemowin.” Papers of the Fortieth Algonquian Conference held at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities in October 2008. Eds. Karl S. Hele and J. Randolph Valentine (2012): 346 – 357.

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