A remarkable thing has happened! All three of the city’s writing residencies are currently held by Indigenous writers: Duncan Mercredi (The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba), Garry Thomas Morse (The University of Winnipeg), and Jordan Wheeler (The Winnipeg Public Library).
Join us for readings from all three writers, who will be joined by special guest reader Rosanna Deerchild (All-around amazing Cree poet). This event is free and open to the public.
Duncan Mercredi was born in Misipawistik (Grand Rapids) and grew up listening to his grandmother’s stories. His affinity for the wilderness and his sensitivity to the deep cultural prejudices of the broader culture inform his writing. He has published four poetry collections, including Spirit of the Wolf: Raise Your Voice and The Duke of Windsor: Wolf Sings the Blues. He is a long-time member of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Writers Collective and was also a contributor to ndncountry, the special joint issue of Prairie Fire and CV2. Duncan lives in Winnipeg.
Garry Thomas Morse is a poet, novelist, and editor originally from Canada’s west coast and currently living in Winnipeg. His work has twice been short-listed for the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry and twice short-listed for the national Re-Lit Award for fiction. Garry’s poetry book Discovery Passages explores myth, history, and the injustice of the potlatch ban against his Kwakwaka’wakw Indigenous ancestors. His recent poetry title Prairie Harbour traces multiple lines of his mixed ancestry. Morse is also the author of The Chaos! Quincunx. His novel, Yams Do Not Exist, is forthcoming from Turnstone Press.
From the George Gordon First Nation, Jordan Wheeler‘s been writing professionally since 1982 and working in film and television since 1984. Among his numerous writing credits are the books Digital Ogichida, Brothers In Arms and Just A Walk and as a scriptwriter and story editor for the TV series Arctic Air, renegadepress.com and North of 60. Wheeler’s been nominated for and won numerous awards including a scriptwriting Gemini. When not writing he teaches writing, scriptwriting, story edits, tells stories and plays golf. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife Kim.
Rosanna Deerchild is an award-winning Cree author and broadcaster. She has worked for a variety of Indigenous newspapers and major networks for over 15 years, including APTN, CBC Radio and Global. Her latest poetry collection, calling down the sky, published by BookLand Press was shortlisted for the 2015 League of Canadian Poets’ Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Manitoba Book Award – Lansdowne Prize for Poetry, and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year award. A Cree edition, î-nitotamahk kîsik, was published in 2017 She works as the host of Unreserved on CBC Radio One.