Denise Sweet is an Anishinaabe poet [White Earth] and a Professor of Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She is a former poet laureate for the state of Wisconsin and has served as poet-in-residence in public and tribal schools as well as at Grand Marais Art Colony in northern Minnesota and at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. She is also part of the staff of artists and writers at the Split Rock Arts program in Duluth, MN. At the Kinship of Rivers festival, Denise will share the story of asemaa (tobacco) and the special relationship women have with water. She will bring water from the four sacred directions in a copper container, according to native tradition.