In Thousand Star Hotel, the bilingual writer’s struggle with expressing himself in English becomes a metaphor for the immigrant’s struggle with navigating the host nation’s hostile-yet-lucrative social terrain....more
Whether you read it as poetry or memoir, this collection will invite you into the delicate balance between the challenging, sometimes squalid, human condition and the beauty and sadness of the transcendent....more
I am the storm in my front porch and I am moving, / a threat to this home and everything in it....more
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Heidi Czerwiec is a poet and essayist and serves as Poetry Editor at North Dakota Quarterly. She is the author of two recent chapbooks—A Is For A-ké, The Chinese Monster, and Sweet/Crude: A Bakken Boom Cycle—and of the forthcoming collection Conjoining with Sable Books, and the editor of North Dakota Is Everywhere: An Anthology of Contemporary North Dakota Poets. She lives in Minneapolis, where she teaches with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop and works with Motionpoems. Visit her at heidiczerwiec.com.