Poetry presentations are drawn from my books, blogs and ongoing work. Topics include: Indigenous Philosophy, the Natural World and Circle of Relations, Play, Cross-Language Exploration, and more. I sometimes sing, and accompany myself on guitar.
Creative Non-Fiction presentations touch on the same topics, but via the lens of essay, memoir and storytelling. I also present on the work of community arts and interdisciplinary, collaborative projects.
All my presentations include acknowledgement that my work is centred in my particular ethnic and political identity, and I incorporate elements of historical and lived cultural perspectives.
My mother’s Polish culture is patrilineal, thus I belong to my father’s people. My father’s Anishinabe culture is matrilineal, thus I belong to my mother’s people. The Canadian government counts me legally as a member of Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation, that status inherited from my grandfather. I am proud of all my inheritances.
I have built my own family as a mother, to draw in other streams, and as a writer, drawing on the teachings of chosen family from many cultures.
The fundamental message of my presentations is that the world is a Great Mystery, and that I am here to celebrate that; if my work serves, it connects audiences to the myriad beauties of the Great Song. (I also strive for non-pomposity, really I do).
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