Coming Soon from Kegedonce Press: creole métisse of french canada, me by Sharron Proulx-Turner. This collection of poetry is written in a unique, prose-like fashion, without capitalized words. In it, Sharron unfolds her personal stories about being a woman, Métis, and two-spirited in Canada.
"I wish I could be that brave. as brave as the big dipper. the great bear there, purring, watching, holding my hand. me looking to the side and down. the words I seek are buried there, under grief. inside the darkness of a cottonwood, inside the seeds of orange berries. the wings of a female mallard in flight, exposing blues and whites and blacks otherwise unseen, like a woman's beauty, often hidden until she looks up, sees the small spaces between the leaves, yellow hearts on the black bark after a fall rain." Excerpt from creole métisse of french canada, me
Sharron Proulx-Turner was a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Originally from the Ottawa river valley, Sharron was from Mohawk, Wyandot, Algonquin, Ojibwe, Mi'kmaq, French and Irish ancestry. Sharron was a two-spirit nokomis, mom, writer and community worker. Where the Rivers Join (1995), a memoir (published under the name Beckylane), was a finalist for the Edna Staebler Award for creative non-fiction, and what the auntys say (2002), was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Prize for poetry. Sharron’s books included a mixed-genre historical fiction called she walks for days inside a thousand eyes: a two-spirit story (2008), and a book of dedication poems called she is reading her blanket with her hands (2008). She published another poetry collection, the trees are still bending south, with Kegedonce in 2012. Sadly, Sharron passed away in 2016. Kegedonce Press is proud to publish her final manuscript in her memory.