Amber Blaeser-Wardzala is an Anishinaabe writer, beader, fencer, and Jingle Dress Dancer from White Earth Nation in Minnesota. A current MFA Candidate in Fiction at Arizona State University, her writing is forthcoming from Tahoma Literary Review and a Penguin Random House anthology. Her work has appeared in CRAFT, Passages North, Ruminate Magazine, Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, Jet Fuel Review, and others. Blaeser-Wardzala is a 2022 Tin House Scholar and a former fiction fellow for the inaugural Women’s National Book Association Authentic Voices Program. In 2022, her novel was shortlisted for the Granum Foundation Prize. She is the current Nonfiction Editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review.

She is currently querying her novel, The Wiindigoo Within. The story follows a young Anishinaabe woman as she tries to pick up the pieces of her broken family after her older sister becomes a victim of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) crisis. However, she herself becomes at risk of suffering a fate similar to that of her sister.

Photo by Kimberly M. Blaeser