Tiffany Midge

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Tiffany Midge
Occupationpoet, author, edutor
NationalityStanding Rock Sioux Tribe

Tiffany Midge is a Native American poet, editor, and author, who is a Hunkpapa Lakota enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux.[1] Her poetry is noted for its depiction of a self divided by differing identities, and for a strong streak of humor.[2]

Her book Outlaws, Renegades and Saints: Diary of a Mixed-Up Halfbreed was awarded the Diane Decorah Poetry Award by the Native Writers Circle of the Americas in 1994.,[3] while her 2016 poetry collection The Woman Who Married A Bear won the Kenyon Review Earthworks Indigenous Poetry Prize and a 2017 Western Heritage Award for Poetry Book from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Midge’s poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction has appeared in McSweeney's, The Toast Butter Blog, Waxwing, Moss, Okey-Pankey, Mud City, Apex, The Rumpus, Yellow Medicine Review, The Raven Chronicles, North American Review and World Literature Today, and has been anthologized in Growing Up Ethnic in America, Viking/Penguin; Reinventing the Enemy’s Language, W.W. Norton; Blue Dawn, Red Earth, New Native American Storytellers, Anchor Books; Identity Lessons: Contemporary Writing about Learning to be American, Viking Penguin, and others. She was a regularly featured humor columnist for Indian Country Media Network.

"Her poetry has been commissioned into a choral ensemble by composer Seppo Pohjola of Finland and adapted into the dramatic work, “Cedars,” produced by Red Eagle Soaring Native American Theater."[1]

External links[edit]



  • The Woman Who Married a Bear (University of New Mexico Press, 2016)
  • Guiding the Stars to Their Campfire, Driving the Salmon to Their Beds (Gazoobi Tales)
  • Outlaws, Renegades and Saints : Diary of a Mixed-Up Halfbreed (Greenfield Review Press)
  • Animal Lore and Legend : Buffalo (Scholastic Trade).

Anthologies containing work by Tiffany Midge[edit]

  • Without Reservation: Indigenous Erotica, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (Editor), (Kegedonce).
  • Growing Up Ethnic in America, by Maria M. Gillan, Jennifer Gillan (Editors), (Viking 1998).
  • Identity Lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning to Be American, by Maria M. Gillan, Jennifer Gillan (Editors), (Viking 1998).
  • A Shade of Spring, Florene Belmore (Editor), 1998.
  • The Poem and the World: The Seattle Sister Cities Poetry Anthologies, Volume 4, 1998.
  • Reinventing the Enemy's Language : Contemporary Native Women's Writing of North America, (Edited by Joy Harjo and Gloria Bird), W.W. Norton. (Hardcover)

Critical work on Tiffany Midge[edit]

  • The Nature of Native American Poetry, by Norma Wilson (identifies Midge as part of "The New Generation")


  1. ^ a b "Tiffany Midge - Team Poet". English Department. University of Idaho. 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
  2. ^ "Midge entertains with her wit and humor, but also reminds readers of the horrors of contemporary life, which are not spiders or the ghosts of Indians murdered in the late nineteenth century, but rather a hollow consumerism." Norma C. Wilson, "America's Indigenous Poetry" in The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2005), p. 157.
  3. ^ "First Book Awards for Poetry from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas". Storytellers Native American Authors Online. Retrieved 2010-11-20.