Amber Blaeser-Wardzala is an alumna of Denison University, with a BA in English—Creative Writing. She is currently an MFA student in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. Blaeser-Wardzala is Anishinaabe from White Earth Nation and grew up in rural Wisconsin. Her fiction, poetry, and photography have been included in various regional publications, and she has received several fiction awards including from Ruminate Magazine in the 2021 William Van Dyke Short Story Competition. In spring of 2021, she was a fiction fellow in the Women’s Nation Book Association Authentic Voices Program. 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) epidemic. However, she herself becomes at risk of suffering a fate similar to that of her sister.

Photo by Kimberly M. Blaeser