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.
you are enough: love poems for the end of the world
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
Fireweed, by Tunchai Redvers
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.
Wrist by Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler
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
creole métisse of french canada, me, by Sharron Proulx-Turner
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