Kimberly Blaeser is Anishinaabe, an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa tribe. She grew up on the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota, and currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin/Milwuakee. She was Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2015-2016.
The poem Rattle is of two voices—hers, and language from a US Government/Native American treaty. Her voice is printed in black, the treaty language embossed without ink, and the footprints printed from impressions of the author's feet.