Invitation to Work-in-Process

It’s my very great privilege to have been asked to curate, host and take part in a reading on May 28th, featuring new and unpublished works from three amazing Indigenous writing colleagues who inherit and live part of the breadth and richness of Indigenous heritage across Canada..

Rita Bouvier is a Métis writer and educator. Her fourth book of poetry, a beautiful rebellion(Thistledown Press) was released April 2023. Her poetry has appeared in literary anthologies and journals—print and online—musicals, and television productions, and has been translated into Spanish, German and Cree-Michif of her homecommunity of sakitawak—Île-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan, Canada situated on the historic trading and meeting grounds of Cree and Dene people (Treaty 10).

Julie Pellissier-Lush, M.S.M, actress, and bestselling author of My Mi’kmaq Mother, Poet Laureate for PEI, recipient of the Queens jubilee medal in 2013, the Meritorious Service Medal recipient in 2017, and the Senators 150 metal in April 2019. She grew up all over Eastern Canada and spent a number of years in Winnipeg, Manitoba, before coming back home. Julie is a graduate from the University of Winnipeg in 2000 with a double major in Psychology and Human Resource Management. She writes, acts, and does photography to preserve the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq for future generations. Julie wrote the poems for the play Mi’kmaq Legends which has been performed on many different stages in the Atlantic region. It is her hope that this play will someday travel across Canada and beyond so more people have the opportunity to learn about the rich Mi’kmaq history! Julie lives in PEI with her husband Rick, her five children, and her granddaughter Miah.

Vera Wabegijig ndizhnikaaz. Mississaugi ndoonjibaa. Nepean ndoodaa. Odawa minwa Ojbwe ndaaw. Mkwa ndoodem. My name is Vera Wabegijig. I am from Mississauga First Nation (Robertson-Huron Treaty). I am Odawa and Ojibwe (Anishnaabe). I live in Nepean, Ontario. I am from the bear clan. Published works and featured poet includes wild rice dreams; words, stories, truth with Mark Sirett (composer); Jingles Speak to the Healing; Matrix Magazine; Yellow Medicine Review; Canadian Spoken Word Festival; Ottawa Writer’s Festival; and VerseFest. I am a graduate of the En’owkin Centre’s Creative Writing Program, studied in theCreative Writing Program at University of Victoria and attended the Aboriginal Writer’s Residency at Banff Centre for the Arts.

Here’s the information; RSVP for this very special online event.

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