• Heid Erdrich


“Pre-Occupied” is a new and experimental form, the poem-film.  Originally written for the website 99 Poems for the 99%, poet Heid E. Erdrich created a visual landscape of associations and references that match the tremendous irony of how the word “occupy” can be meant. The film version of this poem is a collaborative collage that means to reveal the distracted human mind at a particular point in history.  Released in early 2013, the film inadvertently anticipated the Idle No More Movement.

Author Biography

Heid Erdrich
Heid E. Erdrich is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media from Michigan State University Press. Her recent non-fiction work is Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes. She is editor of two anthologies of literature by Native writers including the forthcoming NEW POETS OF NATIVE NATIONS form Graywolf Press. Heid’s writing has won numerous awards as have her collaborative poem films, which you can see on her Vimeo channel.  Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She teaches in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program of Augsburg College.
How to Cite
ErdrichH. (2018). Pre-Occupied. Transmotion, 4(1).