Meet the 2021 Writers



7:00 pm ~ Friday ~ August 13 SOLD OUT

Billy-Ray Belcourt

Billy-Ray Belcourt is a writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation, Canada’s first First Nations Rhodes Scholar, a P.E. Trudeau Foundation Scholar, and a poet of extraordinary brilliance and success. His first collection, This Wound is a World, made him the youngest winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize,  winner of the 2018 Indigenous Voices Award and the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize. His second book, NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field, is a national bestseller and winner of the 2020 Stephan G. Stepansson Award for Poetry. His most recent book, A History of My Brief Body, is a collection of essays on grief, colonial violence, joy, love and queerness. It has been nominated for the 2020 Governor Generals’ Literary Award, a 2021 Lambda Literary Award, and is another national bestseller. Kirkus Reviews called this book “Urgently needed [and] elegantly crafted…Belcourt deftly carves out a space where joy and love become vital acts of resistance.”