Beth Tornes

We Live Up Here Contributor

Elizabeth (Beth) Tornes is a freelance writer and poet. 

She has published three award-winning poetry collections, Between the Dog and the Wolf (2016) New Moon (2013) and Snowbound (2011).  Her poems have been published widely in national journals and anthologies.  She has also published a collection of Ojibwe oral histories, Memories of Lac du Flambeau Elders (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004). She earned a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Utah.

She has lived in Lac du Flambeau for the past 23 years, and recently retired from her job as a grant writer.

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In March, Misty Jackson from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians participated in a fashion show with the goal of highlighting the problem of missing and murdered indigenous women.

Beth Tornes continues our We Live Up Here series with the story.

Courtesy of Kelly Jackson

Musician Kelly Jackson lives in Madison right now, but she's originally from Lac du Flambeau.

As part of WXPR's We Live Up Here series, Beth Tornes talked to Jackson about her musical influences and how she uses music as medicine.

For Lac du Flambeau musician Kelly Jackson, music is medicine, and has the power to heal. Music has always been part of her life, ever since she was a child and grew up listening to country music.