Tiffany Midge

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Tiffany Midge
Nationality American

Tiffany Midge is a Native American poet (enrolled member, Standing Rock Sioux belong to the Hunkpapa Lakota).[1] Her poetry is noted for its depiction of a self divided by differing identities, and for a strong streak of humor.[2] In 1997, Sherman Alexie named her as among up and coming writers, but claimed that she needed to move away from the influence of his style.[3]

She has also written short stories and erotica, including contributions to the collection Without Reservation, edited by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm.

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.[4]

"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]

Among other activities, Midge now edits the poetry section of the arts magazine The Raven Chronicles.



  • 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. ^ "Like Sherman Alexie, 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 UP, 2005), p. 157.
  3. ^ "I think Tiffany Midge has a good future, once she stops copying me". Crossroads: A Conversation with Sherman Alexie, by John Purdy
  4. ^ "First Book Awards for Poetry from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas". Storytellers Native American Authors Online. Retrieved 2010-11-20.