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Tuesday, 20 October 2020 14:29

Welcome Neal Shannacappo!

Kegedonce Press extends a warm welcome to our latest author and artist, Neal Shannacappo!

Neal is the author and illustrator of The Krillian Key: Salamander Run, the first volume in The Krillian Key series of graphic novels, which will release in November. As this is also KK cover thumbnailKegedonce's first graphic novel, we are very excited to add this fun, sassy, and exciting book to our catalogue!

Neal Shannacappo is a Nakawe graphic novelist and poet from Rolling River FN in Manitoba. He's Eagle clan and currently living, working and playing in Ottawa. You can find his stories in the Indigenous anthologies called Sovereign Traces vol. 1 - Not (Just) (An)other and Vol. 2 – Relational Constellation both available at Chapters. Mashkiikii Miikana (Medicine Road) is online on the National Campus and Community Radio Stations website. The graphic novel Mashkawide'e (Has a strong heart) was published by Senator Kim Pate and copies can be found by contacting her office. At the moment he has 3 projects on the go, The Krillian Key which is his own creation, and If I Go Missing which is being published by James Lorimer & Company Ltd., and Niikaniganaw (All My Relations) commissioned by a group of healthcare researchers.

The Krillian Key: Salamander Run is set in a dystopic future circa 2242, with flashbacks to modern-day Canada. The story races along with its main character, the immortal Kyrill, also known as Salamander, as he fights to escape warring human/alien hybrids who wish to use Salamander for their own ends. Kyrill’s story unfolds on a war-ravaged and environmentally devastated Earth where his people, Indigenous North Americans, are space pirates who control the solar system’s spaceways. 

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Friday, 19 June 2020 14:01

INDIGENOUS PRIDE

June is both National Indigenous History Month and Pride Month, and
Kegedonce Press is full of
INDIGENOUS PRIDE.
Here are a few of our fantastic 2SQ (LGBTQ2IA+) titles.

9781928120162you are enough: love poems for the end of the world IMG 5991 
by Smokii Sumac 

This collection of breathtakingly powerful poetry won the 2019 Indigenous Voices Award for Published Poetry in English. A profound, moving, eye-opening and often hilarious look at gender, sex, consent, identity and the feeling of coming home.

“Smokii Sumac's you are enough: love poems for the end of the world is filled with maps and stories of love-filled guidance for Indigenous LGBTQ2IA+ readers, which position the collection as one for and of the past, present, and future. It is a great privilege for the world to be gifted with this book, and we have the responsibility to read this collection, and, most importantly, to listen to and carry forward into the world the decolonial teachings, transformative potentialities, and deep deep love that Sumac's debut poetry book so generously and honestly provides.”
—Ashley Caranto Morford, Transmotion Journal. https://journals.kent.ac.uk/index.php/transmotion/article/view/748/1569

 

9781928120186 smaller Fireweed, by Tunchai Redvers Tunchai.1

Healing and hope and an offering of self-love: these are the gifts of the poetry of Fireweed. Through short, brilliantly crafted verses, Tunchai Redvers tells a story of adolescence, identity and the discovery of truth, safety, and connection. Dedicated to Indigenous women, youth and two-spirit people, Fireweed blossoms with renewal and hope.

“Tunchai writes from a place of truth, pride and wisdom. Tunchai takes the reader on a journey through some painful memories, but she also speaks to the resiliency of her Indigenous identity and spirit. We, as the reader are invited to witness significant life moments though her carefully selected words.”
—Online review by Jules Arita Koostachin, author of Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths.

 

9781928120056Wrist by Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler Nathan Adler photo crop

A fascinating, intricate and ambitious horror story that interweaves Indigenous history and legend with the past and present of colonialism. Here are monsters both historical and fantastical, and a coming of age story realized through characters that are deeply nuanced and real.

“Just as Wrist treats trauma in a complex and perceptive way, it develops multi-dimensional and utterly convincing characters. One risk in anything that falls partially within the bounds of genre fiction is flat, simplistic characters; Wrist entirely avoids this problem with its presentation of people as complicated palimpsests of their own and others’ histories. Wiindigo is layered onto human; Anglicized residential school names are layered over Indigenous names; trauma is sometimes covered over but never completely; and perhaps most memorably, larger cultural currents leave their stamps on individuals in ways that are realistic in that they are never fully explained.”
—Reviewed by Amy Mitchell, The Rusty Toque http://www.therustytoque.com/fiction-review-amy-mitchell.html

 

9781928120100 creole métisse of french canada, me, by Sharron Proulx-Turner b and 2 author photo 2

Passing symbolically from house to house with each poem, Sharron Proulx-Turner constructs a village of moments that tell of the histories, the people, the traditions of Métis in Canada. Intimate, profound, troubling and hopeful, this poetic memoir opens its doors to love, courage, growth and promise.

creole métisse is the first of her books that Sharron herself thought of as prose, or poetic prose. Like many of her previous books, this one explores two-spiritedness and Métis history and questions of identity, and is focussed as well on family history. The metaphor and reality of house(s) and home(s) are the through-line of the book, in which she interweaves stories of her Métis family ancestry with autobiography and, always, her trademark sharp critique.”
—Aruna Srivastava, "Poetry Cure" interview on All Lit Up. https://alllitup.ca/Blog/2018/Poetry-Cure-creole-metisse-of-french-canada-me-by-Sharron-Proulx-Turner

 

 

 

Five Weeks, Five Books
Celebrating Indigenous Poetry during National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and although it may seem like everything is suspended while we are practicing social distancing, we at Kegedonce heartily believe that we have more cause than ever to indulge in and celebrate poetry!

For five weeks, we are highlighting five of our recent poetry collections, one per week. Check out our website, Facebook and Instagram pages for images, excerpts and other tidbits about these five fabulous Indigenous poetry collections. Although we are not currently shipping orders from our local warehouse, all of our books can still be ordered online at All Lit Up. What better time to support Canadian poets and publishing! 

Week 5, you are enough: love poems for the end of the world, by Smokii Sumac

Winner of the 2019 Indigenous Voices Award in Published Poetry in English!

In his debut poetry collection you are enough: love poems for the end of the world, Smokii Sumac has curated a selection of works from two years of a near daily poetry practice. What began as a sort of daily online poetry journal using the hashtag #haikuaday, has since transformed into a brilliant collection of storytelling drawing upon Indigenous literary practice, and inspired by works like Billy Ray Belcourt's This Wound is a World, and Tenille Campbell's #IndianLovePoems.  With sections dealing with recovery from addiction and depression, coming home through ceremony, and of course, as the title suggests, on falling in and out of love, Sumac brings the reader through two years of life as a Ktunaxa Two-Spirit person. This collection will move you as Sumac addresses the grief of being an Indigenous person in Canada, shares timely (and sometimes hilarious) musings on consent, sex, and gender, introduces readers to people and places he has loved and learned from, and through it all, helps us all come to know that we are enough, just as we are. 

“Smokii Sumac offers our tired souls refuge, nourishment and hope in tiny successive bursts of light."
—Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author of This Accident of Being Lost

Smokii Sumac and you are enough are currently featured on All Lit Up for National Poetry Month. Find an interview with Smokii here.50E7775F 6AF4 406A 884A 43C71610D7F9

Here is one of Smokii's amazing poems from you are enough: love poems for the end of the world:

how to support me today after Orlando

1.
do not bring up wounded knee, for that is my trauma, too. do not reach
into my gunshot wound unless it is to stop the bleeding and hold the
pieces of me together.

2.
do not perpetuate the hatred spat from the killer’s gun with your
responses. there is no space here for your racism. there is no space here
for your politics. there is no space here for your words unless they can
reach into this gunshot wound to stop the bleeding and hold the pieces
of me together.

3.
if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, two-spirit, trans, latinx, or anyone else
who knows this violence the way we do, please take care of yourself.
if you have words to share, spread them around this world and into
our wounds. if you cannot speak, let your silence resonate into us. let
us hold each other together our blood mixing in rainbows of love and
solidarity in candlelight unburdened by fda bans on our freedom to
relate to one another. let us reach into these gunshot wounds to stop the
bleeding and hold the pieces of each other together.

4.
if you are white or straight or anyone to which this violence is
unfamiliar, stop.
take a breath.
take another.
breathe our words into yourself.
if you must share, then share our stories. repeat our names. listen to our
heartbeats and make space for us to mourn, grieve, and be with one
another.
do not speak.
do not speak.
do not speak.
do not speak unless you are absolutely certain that your words can reach
into our gunshot wounds and stop the bleeding. Do not act unless you
know that your action will hold the pieces of us together.

5.
this one’s for the grandmothers. grandfathers. aunties and uncles. for
all our older relations who remain neither man nor woman but some
fierce being in between. this one’s for the stonewallers. for the bulldykes.
for the drag queens and the elders. for all the ones who came before
for those whose words and lives made this world feel safer, if only
for a second. for those rainbow warriors (no, not you), who raised their
fists and flags and lit our way out of closets and into communities. we
remember.

remember to hope. remember to dance. remember to open our bodies
to the possibilities of another being, the same being, only different. wet,
hard, hot, heavy, soft, juicy, thick, layered, beautiful in it’s newness,
incredible in it’s familiarity, raw, powerful, and awesomely sexy.
remember that we can reach in. we can stop the bleeding. we will hold
the pieces of you together. #morelove. always.

 

Five Weeks, Five Books
Celebrating Indigenous Poetry during National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and although it may seem like everything is suspended while we are practicing social distancing, we at Kegedonce heartily believe that we have more cause than ever to indulge in and celebrate poetry!

For five weeks, we are highlighting five of our recent poetry collections, one per week. Check out our website, Facebook and Instagram pages for images, excerpts and other tidbits about these five fabulous Indigenous poetry collections. Although we are not currently shipping orders from our local warehouse, all of our books can still be ordered online at All Lit Up. What better time to support Canadian poets and publishing! 

Week 4, creole métisse of french canada, me, by Sharron Proulx-Turner.

I watch the snow fall outside my bedroom window,
a blank page in front of me,
when I should be singing

"In creole métisse of french canada, me, sharron proulx-turner leads us house by house through a village of stories, meeting family members, co-workers, elders and children, hearing personal and traditional tales of five generations of mixed-blood people of Canada." Joanne Arnott, author of Halfling Spring. 

creole métisse of french canada, me, by Métis poet Sharron Proulx-Turner is a powerful and moving collection of poetry written as memoir, in a unique prose-like fashion without capitalized words. Sharron writes of her time in grad school and the challenges she experienced with others’ opposing perspectives. She shares memories from her childhood, reflects on the role of writing in her life, and of her experiences as a two-spirit woman. Her personal stories invite the reader to understand both her life and Métis experience in Canada. Sharron passed away in 2016. Kegedonce Press published this, her last manuscript, in her memory. 

Sb and w author photoharron Proulx-Turner was a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Originally from the Ottawa river valley, Sharron was from Mohawk, Wyandat, Algonquin, Ojibwe, Mi'kmaw, French and Irish ancestry. Sharron was a two-spirit nokomis, mom, writer and community worker. Where the Rivers Join (1995), a memoir (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. 

An excerpt from "A house full of birds," from creole métisse of french canada, me:

“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.”

Sharron Proulx-Turner

 

Five Weeks, Five Books
Celebrating Indigenous Poetry during National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and although it may seem like everything is suspended while we are practicing social distancing, we at Kegedonce heartily believe that we have more cause than ever to indulge in and celebrate poetry!

For five weeks, we are highlighting five of our recent poetry collections, one per week. Check out our website, Facebook and Instagram pages for images, excerpts and other tidbits about these five fabulous Indigenous poetry collections. Although we are not currently shipping orders from our local warehouse, all of our books can still be ordered online at All Lit Up. What better time to support Canadian poets and publishing! 

Week 3, Sitting by the Rapids, by Albert Dumont.
"Poetry is the raging rapids and it is the little fish which doesn’t give up until the turbulent waters are behind it. Poetry is purpose, renewal and rebirth. sitting by the rapids is all of this and offers insight into the mind of an Indigenous man who lives with severe chronic pain and who found the strength through spirituality and poetry to put a life of alcohol abuse behind him forever." Albert Dumont. 

Dumont’s poems are raw, direct reflections on painful experience and the strength and hope that arises from facing and overcoming them. This poetry is powerful and emotional; it exposes the heart of a man who has faced tremendous difficulties and prevailed.

Dumont writes, “The ancestors living at the time of European contact had a way with words. Poetry spilled effortlessly from their lips because the spirit of the land guided their words. I take seriously my belief that medicine of extraordinary healing power is found in the verses of a poet who puts words together for the purpose of bringing peace and serenity to people in want of it. The counsels and poetry of a person living with pain are special and more meaningful to an individual in the throes of heartache.”

Maria Campbell, author of the classic memoir Halfbreed, had this to say about sitting by the rapids: “These gentle words full of love and powerful energy are like Albert himself. They encourage and guide the way for all who read them and are prepared to move on.”

Poet, activist, and spiritual advisor Albert Dumont is one of thirteen Elders on the Elders Advisory Committee of the Ministry of the Attorney General. In recognition for hisAlbert Dumont author photo thumbnail work as an activist and volunteer on his ancestral lands (Ottawa and Region) Albert was presented with a Human Rights Award by the Public Service Alliance of Canada in 2010. In January 2017 he received the DreamKEEPERS Citation for Outstanding Leadership. He is the author of several other books including Of Trees and their Wisdom, 2009.

A poem from sitting by the rapids: 

where is the bird

Where is the lake
I can wade into
And emerge
My heart filled with righteousness

Where is the trail
In the thick woods
Leading to the circle
Where my spirit
Can replenish itself with courage and truth

Where is the bird
Which would lift me upon its back
So I can fly with it
Searching for the place
Where I can discover again
Purpose and a reinvigorated sense of humanity

My friend, the lake you search for
Is any of your territory

The trail leading to the circle
Is the only trail necessary

The bird you seek
Is the eagle

It calls to you

 

Five Weeks, Five Books
Celebrating Indigenous Poetry during National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and although it may seem like everything is suspended while we are practicing social distancing, we at Kegedonce heartily believe that we have more cause than ever to indulge in and celebrate poetry!

For five weeks, we are highlighting five of our recent poetry collections, one per week. Check out our website, Facebook and Instagram pages for images, excerpts and other tidbits about these five fabulous Indigenous poetry collections. Although we are not currently shipping orders from our local warehouse, all of our books can still be ordered online at All Lit Up. What better time to support Canadian poets and publishing! 

Week 2, Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths, by Jules Arita Koostachin.
Finalist for the 2019 Indigenous Voices Award in Published Poetry in English.

In her debut poetry collection, Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths, writer, scholar, filmmaker and poet Jules Koostachin delves into trauma and healing, haunting childhood memories, and survival. These poems were twenty years in the making, a journey that enabled Koostachin to transform intergenerational trauma in the aftermath of the residential school system into strength, hope, and resilience. Her style, which she calls "broken poetry," visually underscores the process of that journey, and frequently includes words, lines, and phrases in Cree. 

"Through the honesty of her words, she embraces the spirit world, the resilience of her foremothers, the integral healing powers of disassociation as a survival mechanism, and the richness of her mitewin – dreams, which reconnect her to herself. Through her poetry, she has found the courage to face her difficult past, and now as a mother, she is gathering the truths of her family to help in the healing process" (Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths, 2018).JAK author photo thumbnail

Reviewer Zainab Amadahy writes, "Koostachin shares with us personal, raw and heartfelt writings. Familiar yet unique, the reader takes away from these stories a grounded appreciation for how sharing can be empowering and, simultaneously, a process of finding deep meaning in one’s most horrific experiences. Despite its gravity, Koostachin’s first book is not a difficult read but more of a detoxification, a shedding of skin that reveals the exquisite beauty of Mino-bimaadiziwin beneath" (Muskrat Magazine, November 10, 2018). 

A poem from Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths:

WiKwam

IsKweWak
slowly emerging
tundra hugs their cold bare feet
absorbing the red soil
swallowing the warmth
centering the being
walls tied together with sinew
intestine
leather becomes my veil
veil of red AsKi
Earth
camoflaging
protection
steering me away from the lies
untruths told
misleading stories of us
the human beings
MoshKeKoWak
InNiNeWak
standing tall together
WiKwam

Five Weeks, Five Books
Celebrating Indigenous Poetry during National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and although it may seem like everything is suspended while we are practicing social distancing, we at Kegedonce heartily believe that we have more cause than ever to indulge in and celebrate poetry!

For the next five weeks, we will highlight five of our most recent poetry collections, one per week. Check out our website, Facebook and Instagram pages for images, excerpts and other tidbits about these five fabulous Indigenous poetry collections. Although we are not currently shipping orders from our local warehouse, all of our books can still be ordered online at All Lit Up. What better time to support Canadian poets and publishing! 

Week 1, Fireweed, by Tunchai Redvers.

9781928120186 smaller              It’s an almost miraculous sight, the flowering of fireweed across fire-blackened mountainsides in Canada’s north. Tunchai Redvers has taken this image of hope, healing, and beauty following crisis as a framework for her debut collection of poetry. Consisting of short, sometimes raw, but always hopeful poems, this collection traces experiences of pain, rebirth, re-grounding and spreading the seeds of healing. Dedicated to Indigenous youth, women, and two-spirit people, Fireweed offers a message of pride and self-love.
             Tunchai Redvers is the co-founder of We Matter, an advocacy organization that supports Indigenous youth.

 

Selected poem from Fireweed:

wrap your body
around your heart
and feel blood memory
as ancestors flow
through your veins

times are hard
but say my love
they hold you
with resilient hands
that know pain
and just as they do
i believe in you

feel gentleness
to your anger
sing belonging
to your sadness
speak words of love
to your hurting heart
as they do

you
like them
are capable
of facing darknessTunchai author photo smaller
with kindness
like northern lights
spirit dancing
as heart takes time to rest

              --Tunchai Redvers, Fireweed.  

Friday, 10 January 2020 19:05

A Publication Anniversary

 

Publication Anniversary: A Conversation with Smokii Sumac

Just one year ago, Smokii Sumac launched his debut poetry collection, you are enough: love poems for the end of the world, and it’s been quite an amazing year! Smokii has done numerous readings and author events, and the book has had a wonderful reception. In June, it won the Indigenous Voices Award in Published Poetry in English!

 On the anniversary of his book launch in Invermere, BC, we thought we would get in touch with Smokii and ask how things are going for him and his writing now!

 Kegedonce Press: What are you doing now? Are you still writing poetry?

 Smokii Sumac: I am now grateful to have accepted a teaching position at College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, BC as the Indigenous Studies Instructor here! While I did take a bit of a break from writing when the book came out, I am grateful to say that I am getting back into the practice and feeling the call of poetry lately, and I've even recently applied to a summer residency to work on a new collection! (Please keep your fingers crossed for me, as I will hear back sometime this month.) 

KP: What has changed for you, with regards to poetry and writing, since publishing you are enough?

SS: Honestly, it still sometimes almost doesn't feel real that I have a book in the world. I think the one major change I've noticed is the reach of my work. I received an email from someone who had found my book in Springfield, Illinois, and I have folks who have taken pictures of my book as it travelled with them to places like Iceland and the Bahamas! And the other day, I was going into a yoga class and noticed a woman sort of staring at me. When I met her eyes she said something along the lines of "I'm sorry, but I follow you on Instagram and have your book and I'm such a fan! I'm kind of star struck right now!" These are things I could never have imagined, and I'm still surprised every time they happen. 

KP: What role does your poetry play for you, either in your life or out there in the world (or both)?

SS: I recently posted a new poem online and a reader (who is also a poet) commented that they wanted to print it out and carry it with them. "You've gifted a full moment here...This is what poetry is supposed to do, I think." This comment meant a lot to me, because I understood it. I think that poetry allows us to stop and consider the world for a second. Some poetry allows us to consider language. Some allows us to consider a new perspective. Some connects us to a universal feeling that perhaps we didn't have words for before. For me, I am always looking for poems that make me feel seen. That is what I hope my work does for people. The few times that readers or audience members have shared what my work has given them, that is what poetry can do. It can save a life. It can change a life. It can create a life. 

KP: What is the most surprising or enlightening thing you’ve learned through your process of writing poetry?

SS: Maybe that practice works? This is kind of the only thing I can think of. When I started this process I was writing a poem a day and posting it to social media. It was a fun thing, at first; it was a way to get myself writing. And then, at some point I found myself with two years of work. Work that I was able to curate into my first collection. I know it's a cliché now to say "Practice makes perfect," and if I'm honest, I'm never aiming for perfection (I would have never published anything if I was trying to make it perfect! Some poems feels like they'll never be finished!), but I do recognize that when you make something a practice; when you are practicing poetry for example, well, that is when I think you can call yourself a poet. Or, at least, that's when I know I am a poet: when I am in the midst of writing a poem. 

 SS: Thank you to everyone who has supported you are enough: love poems for the end of the world. It has been a beautiful year, and I am honoured and excited to continue writing work that I hope will help you feel seen for many years to come. 

 You can find more information about you are enough: love poems for the end of the world here, where you can also order a copy!

 And check out these great reviews and articles about Smokii’s book!

All Lit Up’s feature, Poetry in Motion  
Open Book’s Interview with Smokii  
Muskrat Magazine’s review 
Review in Transmotion Journal  

 Smokii at the Indigenous Voices Awards

 

 

Thursday, 29 August 2019 12:16

NEW RELEASE FROM KEGEDONCE PRESS

FIREWEED
by TUNCHAI REDVERS

i am femme, i am fireweed

FireweedTunchai Redvers's debut poetry collection, explores the rawness, trauma, and realities of adolescence compounded with the experience of being a young, Indigenous, and two-spirit intergenerational residential school survivor. Rooted in the symbolism and growth of fireweed, a flower native to the northwest of Canada, this collection takes readers through the hurt, healing, love, and spreading that encompassed the first 23 years of the author’s attempt to find truth, safety and connection. Redvers dedicates her book to Indigenous youth, Indigenous women, and two-spirit people who are quite literally dying to not only have relevant content and support available to them, but content and support that is healing and hopeful.

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TUNCHAI REDVERSPraise for Fireweed: 

"Having grown up witnessing the miracle of fireweed springing up to cover mountains blackened from forest fires, I could not think of a better title for this collection. Tunchai brings us into a world where all has been burned, where everything hurts, and where it's safest for a two-spirit person to stay "closeted." Then, among the smoke and ashes, she weaves poems of healing, and we can feel the roots take hold. With this work, Tunchai sends those roots deep into the earth, and brings forth colour back into the world, lighting up the darkness, transforming destruction into fields of bright pinks and purples against summer blue skies: "i am queer always / i am dene always / i am colonial resistance" writes Tunchai, and I breathe in the renewal of a forest beginning again, of Indigenous 2SQ brilliance, of a returning to ourselves. Each poem in this book brings medicine for all of us who have been hurt, broken, burned. There is hope, there is healing, there is space to begin again, and Tunchai's poetry shows us the way."
—Smokii Sumac (Ktunaxa) author of you are enough: love poems for the end of the world

"Tunchai’s Fireweed is a gift – to the youth she once was, to the women she walks with today, to the society she lives within. Open and gentle, it is poetry that carries truth in its raw plea for self-acceptance, in the deep contentment of self-love, and through the fire of taking up her rightful space as an Indigenous woman, as a Two-Spirit person, as a femme calling out for change, awareness and growth."
—Tenille Campbell, author of #IndianLovePoems

"Tunchai Redvers gives us the voice, the words, and the worlds, we never knew we needed. Her poetry dances with vulnerability and agency unlike anyone I have ever read."
—Ryan McMahon, Comedian, Writer, Maker of Media Things.

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Red Works Photography Tunchai Redvers, known to spirit as White Feather Woman, is a two-spirit social justice warrior, writer, and wanderer belonging to Deninu K’ue First Nation. With Dene, Métis and Scottish roots on her maternal side and English, Italian and Irish roots on her paternal side, she was born and raised in Treaty 8 territory, Northwest Territories. Now living in southern Ontario, she is the co-founder of We Matter, a national organization dedicated to Indigenous youth hope and life promotion. Recognized nationally and internationally for her work, her advocacy and writing centers the reclamation and indigenization of identity, mental health and healing. She spends most of her time resisting, loving, and travelling across territories, and considers herself a nomad just like her ancestors. She finds safety in the words: be proud of who you are, be thankful for those who love and guide you, and never forget where you came from.

Check out these articles about Tunchai and Fireweed:

CBC: N.W.T. Indigenous youth advocate publishes first book of poetry

CBC Radio: Fireweed: a book of poems

All Lit Up blog: On Activism and Poetry: An Interview with Tunchai Redvers

Open Book Summer Newsletter: Tunchai's "Dirty Dozen"

 

 

Thursday, 22 August 2019 16:35

End of Summer Special


Gregory Scofield's Love Medicine and One Song available now at a special price!

Love Medicine and One Song is a deliciously luscious collection of love poetry, blended beautifully with stories of Cree language and culture. In many ways, the book itself is a love letter to the Cree language, which appears in many of the poems' lines. 

In his introduction to the collection, Warren Cariou writes that "Gregory Scofield's work is renowned for its musicality, its deep connections to Cree and Métis traditions, and its sensual descriptions of both the human and the natural world." Cariou enjoins the reader to "read these poems aloud. Tast their syllables on your tongue, feel the rhythms in your body."

Here we find a gorgeous blending of Cree tradition with a love that both transcends and celebrates body and gender. In "My Drum, His Hand" (p. 25),  the poet writes,

over the bones, over the bones
stretched taught
my skin, the drum

softly he pounds
humming

as black birds dance,
their feathers
gliding over lips, they drink
the stars
from my eyes
depart like sun
making way for moon
to sing, to sing
my sleeping

my sleeping song
the sky bundle

he carries me to dreams, 
his hands wet and gleaming

my drum aching

FOR A LIMITED TIME, BUY LOVE MEDICINE AND ONE SONG AT THE SPECIAL PRICE OF $10.00 

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

 

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