Marcie Rendon, enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, is a playwright, poet, and freelance writer. Rendon’s debut novel, Murder on the Red River (Cinco Puntos Press) has been awarded The 2018 Pinckley Prize for Debut Crime Novel and it received the Western Writers of American SPUR finalist award for best Contemporary Novel. Two nonfiction children’s books are Pow Wow Summer (MN Historical Press) and Farmer’s Market: Families Working Together (CarolRhoda). With four published plays she is the creative mind behind Raving Native Theater, which produced Rendon’s play Bring the Children Home… at 4 venues in 2015-16. She is a recipient of the Loft’s 2017 Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship with poet Diego Vazquez. Additionally, her poem Wiigwaasabak was awarded a place in the St. Paul Almanac’s Impressions Project Summer 2017.She has published four nonfiction children’s books; two are Pow Wow Summer (MN Historical Press) and Farmer’s Market: Families Working Together (CarolRhoda). Rendon is a community arts activist who supports other native artists/writers/creators to pursue their art. With four published plays she is the producer, creative mind behind Raving Native Theater, which produced Bring the Children Home… at the MN Fringe 2015 and 3 community-based venues in 2015-16. She also co-curated 6 Raving Native Date Nights in Minneapolis, 2016. In 2016-17 she is a recipient of the Loft’s Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship with poet Diego Vazquez. Her poem Wiigwaasabak will be featured in the St. Paul Almanac’s Impressions Project Summer 2017.
Marcie R. Rendon
Author, playwright, poet, and performance artist. Recipient of numerous writing awards. A tribal member of the White Earth Anishinabe, a mother and grandmother.
Murder on the Red River (Cinco Puntos Press) has been awarded The 2018 Pinckley Prize for Debut Crime Novel and it received the Western Writers of American SPUR finalist award for best Contemporary Novel.
A Song for Marie and Adjidamo (2016) McGraw Hill Educational
Pow-wow Summer (2014) MN Historical Press
The Farmer’s Market (2001) CarolRhoda Publishers, Mpls., MN
Whiteness at Work: A Positive Diversity Curriculum (2000) Bock, Mary, Ph.D.; Kellogg, Polly, Ph.D.; Rendon, Marcie, M.A. Sirius Communications, Mpls., MN
Beyond Survival: Applying for Grants: Native Arts Circle, Mpls, MN l994
MN Women’s Press (2016) two articles
Native Artists: Livelihoods, Resources, Space, Gifts (2010) Rendon, Marcie, Markusen, Ann; Arts Economy Initiative Project on Regional and Industrial Economics, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Renewing the Countryside: Community Interviews for Horizons Community Leadership Project – published on-line at: http://horizonscommunityleadership.com
Project Hoop Theater Curriculum – How to Create Community Theater from Conception to Production - Project Hoop UCLA 2007
No Quick Fixes: A Look at the Bureau of Indian Affair's Land Consolidation Project, Indian Land Tenure Foundation - 2004
Standardized Test Passages for Harcourt-Brace Educational Testing Services – ‘02-‘04
Native Models for Business Success, Junior Achievements curriculum – l993
Published articles in Parenting and Colors magazine
Band Camp; Contemporary Plays by Women of Color, edited by Roberta Uno, Routledge Press, TBD 2017
Friends...; Performing Worlds into Being: Native American Women’s Theater, edited by Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, Kelli Lyon Johnson, and William A. Wortman; Miami University Press, Oxford, Ohio. 2009
Bring the Children Home: Footpaths & Bridges: Voices from the Native American Women Playwrights Archive; edited by Shirley Huston-Findley & Rebecca Howard; University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2008
SongCatcher: A Native perspective of Frances Densmore; published in Keepers of the Morning Star: An Anthology of Native Women’s Theater; UCLA American Indian Studies Center; Los Angeles, California (2003)
Poetry & Short Stories (short selection):
Wiigwaasabak; Impressions Project/St. Paul Almanac, Summer 2017
Worry and Wonder in Sky Blue Water:Short Fiction by 15 of Minnesota's Great Children's Writers edited by Jay D. PEterson and Collette Morgan, Unive of Minnesota Press, 2016
4th of July is No Picnic; “Increasing and Amplifying Diverse Voices in Teaching” project conference presentation for the Minnesota Education Equity Partnership’s 2016 Conference, Minnesota’s Pathway Forward – Deepening Race Equity in Education
Yellow Medicine Review Spring 2014, Poems: In Response…, untitled, musings on genocide; editor Carter Meland, SW University of MN, Marshall, MN
Yellow Medicine Review Spring 2012, Poems: 4th of July is No Picnic, Cactus Prayer 4 Global Warming, a fortnight ago...; editor Steven Pacheco, SW University of MN, Marshall, MN
2013, 2011 & 2010 St. Paul Almanac, editor: Kimberly Nightingale: 2010 March & July poems
Sing Poetry from the Indigenous Americas edited by Allison Adelelle Hedge Coke, Univ. of Arizona Press 2011 my child's hunger..., foster care blues cont..., security...
Ghost Stories: Five Writers Read Works on Historical Trauma; chapbook and readings supported by Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council and MN State Arts Board, 2011.
Indigenous Voices of Turtle Island... 2011 Poems: Untitled and Earth Memory
Anthologie de la poesie amerindienne; Bacchanales No. 42 Revu de la Maison de la poesie Rhone-Alpes, 2008: poems: mes grand-meres
Fiction on a Stick; we are each the next seventh generation….; collection of short stories for Milkweed Press, 2008
County Lines Anthology; grandmother walks… and the red river… – League of Minnesota Poets; 2008
Yellow Medicine Review – Winter 2007 – Short Story: a very common, very untraditional tale; edited by Heid Erdrich; SW University of Minnesota, Marshall, MN
Poetry International/Fall 2006: Ahani:Indigenous American Poetry; edited by Allison Hedge Coke, Poetry Enterprises, Oregon State University (2006)
Without Reservation, edited by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Huia Publishing, New Zealand (2003).
Nitaawichige selected poetry and prose by four Anishinaabe writers: Poetry
Harbor Publications, Duluth, Minnesota (2002).
Select lyrics for Swede Hollow opera by composer Ann Millikan, St. Paul, 2012
Earth memory holds me…- for Ananya Dance Company’s DAAK:Call to Action, 2008
Grandmother walks…. – commissioned by Ann Millikan, composer, for a quartet, 2006
Thunder Calling - commissioned by The Festival Choir of Madison, performed at Healing Place–A Native American Celebration May 2006 composer Brent Michael Davids
Spring Wind Dances at the River – commissioned to commemorate the mingling of Waters Ceremony of the Grand Excursion Celebration, July 4, 2004, Mpls., MN composer Brent Michael Davids
Turtle Isle – commissioned by World Voices Choir for spring concert, Mpls., MN, 2002 composer Brent Michael Davids
A Day in the Sun–Inner-City Opera, Great American History Theater, St. Paul, MN 1996
Dialogue for Life, conference presenter, Montreal, Nov 2013 & 2014
Theater Artist Panel, All My Relations Gallery, Mpls., June 2014
Keynote speaker for Salmon is Everything, Center for the Study of Women in Society; University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, May 2011
Ghost Stories: Five Writers Read Works on Historical Trauma; chapbook and readings supported by Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council and MN State Arts Board, 2011 & 2012.
Art as Healing Presenter Indian Mental Health Conference; Shakopee, MN June 2010.
Native Artists: Livelihoods, Resources, Space, Gifts Presenter NCAI National Gathering, Rapid City, SD; June 2010
Native Playwrights - speaker; Haskell Indian College, 2010
Poets of Color Panelist; AWP Conference, Denver, CO, 2010
Panelist: showing of Older Than America by Georgina Lightning; Citizen Jane Film Festival, Columbus, MO, Oct 2009
Earth Matters On Stage Festival & Symposium, University of Oregon; Indigenous Artists Panel, Friday, May 29, 2009
Performing Motherhood Conference, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada: Present reading of friends…. play and participate in discourse on modern and contemporary dramatic explorations of motherhood - 2008
Discursive Practices: The Formation of A Transnational Indigenous Poetics – Indigenous Writers of the Americas Conference, May 11-13, 2008; University of California, Davis. Round Table 1: Performing Indige-identities
13th Osseo Area School Indian Education Day & Wacipi – April 26, 2008
Honoring Spiderwoman Theater / Celebrating Native American Theater February
19-21, 2007 Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
NAES Community College, Mpls., MN – Writing Instructor – 2006
Writer in Residence:
Women’s Writing Program in the county jails: Ramsey, Washington, Sherburne, MN, 2013-2017
2013 Native Women Language Keepers Symposium. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI – translation of friends… into Ojibwe
Success Beyond the Classroom: Characters that Pop, writer in residence, March 2014 & May 2014
Theater Residency: University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, WI – work with theater students at the University to create a site-specific performance project in four days April 2010
Playwright talk: Haskell Indian College, Lawrence, Kansas. February 2010 Poet/writer talk: Minnesota Arts High School, Golden Valley, MN. May 2010 Playwright talk, Mama Mosaic Teen Youth Theater Project, 2010Little Earth/MN
Open Book Project: Little Earth Afterschool Program, December 2010
FANCI Composer’s Residency: South High, Mpls., MN-work with youth to write song lyrics – January 2008 Tama Iowa Tribal Center: 1-day theater residency with teens – July 2007 Fond du Lac History Museum – spoken word writing residency – Spring 2007 Project Hoop Community-based Residencies: White Earth Cultural Center, Minneapolis American Indian Center & MN Indigenous Task Force – three phase residency to create community theater Naawayee Center School: SASE playwriting residency – Mpls – 2006 Hayes Middle School: 3-week residency with Middle school special needs students May 2005. Intermedia Arts: consultant/dramaturge for Karen peoples of Burma to create performance piece. 2005 Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Scripted by Marcie Rendon, in collaboration with LCO Tribal College students, LCO Tribal College, Hayward, Wisconsin, April 2005 Neurotica, Scripted by Marcie Rendon in collaboration with Thunderbird Theatre Students, Haskell Indian College, Lawrence, Kansas, March 2004, Artistic Director: Pat Melody New Voices Project: under Director Rebecca Dallinger – AIOIC, the Circle, Wilder Forest Youth, Spoken Word Performance-l998-2003. Neighborhood SafeArt youth, under Director Marilyn Lindstrom – various mural arts projects in Phillip’s neighborhood.
Quigley, D. & Rombalski, A. (February 25, 2016). Increasing and Amplifying Diverse Voices in Teaching: Recruiting, retaining, supporting and sustaining teachers of color and Indigenous educators in Minnesota. Alternative Session presented at the Minnesota Education Equity Partnership in Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota State Arts Board Art of Recovery Exhibition: featured three poems by Marcie Rendon, for exhibit in St. Paul, MN, 2006 and in Bemidji, MN, 2007
Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico – digital segment of Relations Indigenous Dialogue Exhibition, Sept 2006: featured two poems, Identity and Naming Songs
Produced plays (partial list)
Prayer and Spaciousness; two plays in the 4th Annual Minneapolis One Minute Play Festival, 2016
Bring the Children Home, productions at MN Fringe Festival, Boise Fort Senior Dinner, MAIC and Centennial Lakes Middle School, 2015 & 2016.
Title IX, written by Eli Effinger-Weintraub, Jessica Huang, Marcie Rendon and Saymoukda Vongsay; commissioned and produced by Theater Unbound, Mpls.
Border Crossing. Text for Border Crossing excerpted and adapted from a larger body of work by Marcie Rendon. Produced/choreographed by Off Leash Area. April 2008. Ritz Theatre, NE Mpls.
friends… Winner 2008 Native American Radio Award. Indian Child Welfare Conference, Mpls., April 2008. Very Short Play Festival II, Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield Arts Guild Theater, Northfield, MN. April 21 2007
Rough-Face Girl, The American Indian Repertory Theatre Premier show - April 3, 4 and 5, 2008 Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas. First full production February 2001 BAPA Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD
Maggie’s brain… Off-Leash Area Theatre, Mpls., MN 2007
Predator/Prey - Off-Leash Area Theatre, Minneapolis, MN 2004
Sacagawea – Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, Fargo, North Dakota 2003
As the Spiritual World Turns – Patrick’s Cabaret, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2000
HoHoHo and a Cuppa Jo – Black Bear Crossing, St. Paul, Minnesota 1999
FREE Frybread – Fringe Festival, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1999
SongCatcher - Great American History Theatre production St. Paul, MN 1998
Theater Director: curator, writer, and producer for community-based, collaboratively created Raving Natives theatre productions, Minneapolis, Minnesota (short list)
Raving Native Date Night; curate Native cabaret shows Jan/Feb/Mar/April/May, 2016, Mpls
Dramaturge for 38 by Rob Thomas; History Theater, St. Paul, 2012-13
Curate public reading of Mark Anthony Rolo's script, Buckskin for the Bride and book signing of his book, My Mother is Now Earth, Mpls., MN 2012
St. Paul Almanac, curated Native American poetry reading, Black Dog Coffee Shop, St. Paul, MN 2012, 2011, 2010
Zenteotl First Corn Energy, staged reading, written by Deborah Ramos and co-directed by Marcie Rendon, 2011, Heart of the Beast Theater, Mpls., MN
What’s An Indian Woman to Do? produced two days of readings of Mark Anthony Rolo’s plays from his newly published book of same title; Minneapolis American Indian Center. Curated and produced. Sept 2010
Stands Alone: A show at The Spirit In the House Festival curated by Marcie Rendon, Raving Native Productions. Featuring: Kohl Miner: The SemiConscious Memoirs of a Negligent Native; and Sigwan Rendon and Kohl Miner in: Borders Uncrossed, the US/Mexican border from a Native perspective in the Art Gallery, Hennepin Methodist Church, Minneapolis, MN 2008
Insiders Looking Out: An Evening of Native Performance with William Yang, Australian photographer and musician Colin Offord. Curated show featuring five Native American performance artists in a community based venue, Two River’s Gallery with the support of the Minneapolis Walker Art Center. March 10, 2008.
Performance Art (short list)
Pangea Theater, poetry reading to benefit Standing Rock; September 2016
Go Back Home video, created with John Gwinn and Migizi Students for Re-Imaging Minnesota Art exhibit, All My Relations Gallery, 2016
Hippie Localism, A Native Perspective, Walker Art Center, November 2015
EQ, The Loft, poetry reading, April 2015
Two Chairs Telling, What’s What Edition, with Paul Metsa, Bryant Lake Bowl, November 2015
Minza, poetry reading, Feb 2015
Cool Mama’s Cabaret, Patrick’s Cabaret, Feb 2015
Catalyst, The Loft, poetry reading, June 2014
EQ, The Loft, poetry reading, May 2014
Intersections, community fest; curated Mankwe Ndosi, Mpls., June 2013
The Blacker the Berry…, poetry reading curated by Sha’ Cage, BlackDog Coffeeshop, St. Paul, MN March 2013
Sister Nations poetry reading, Fond du Lac Tribal College; with poets Heid Erdrich, Linda Legarde, Pauline Danforth and Marcie Rendon; November 2010
AWP Conference, Denver, CO; April 2010 – poetry performance panel with EQ poets
We Are Each the Seventh Generation (monologue); The Playwrights’ Center Inspired By! Program of works taking off from Suzan-Lori Parks writing.
The Artists’ Platform, curated by Loren Niemi; performance piece about occupied lands, foreign and utterly domestic. Feb 22, 23, 2008 at Patrick’s Cabaret.
9 x 22: A Dance Lab, Bryant-Lake Bowl, Oleg Soulimenko (Russian dancer, choreographer and teacher), “Can you Be Hypnotized?” - one of 8 cast members; January 23, 2008.
Patrick’s Cabaret, 2007 & 2006; University of Michigan, Ojibwe Poets Reading, 2006; Winter Storytelling at Fond du lac Reservation, 2004 & 2005; Weismann Art Museum, UofM, Mpls., spoken word performance for Russian Avante Garde Art Exhibit with Bao Phi, Doug Kearney & Yurick Glasow, 2001; Aboriginal Eliminating Racism Conference, Sydney, Australia, Aboriginal Women Reading on Racism, 2001
A Place at the Table:Literary Conversations, Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality; 2016-17
The Great American History Theater, Advisory Board (Ron Peluso), St. Paul since 2010
Spirit in the House, Advisory Board (Dean Seal) since 2009
Playwright Center Member since mid-90s
MN State Arts Board Community Liaison 2009-2010
Founding member of Native American Theatre Guild andNative American Playwrights 2010
Member of Project Hoop, Native theater project since 2005