Kiskajeyi- I AM READY

By Michelle Sylliboy
By (photographer) Michelle Sylliboy
Edited by Michael Calvert

Kiskajeyi- I AM READY
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This hieroglyphic poetry book is the first of its kind. Aboriginal artist and writer, Michelle Sylliboy blends her poetry, photography, and Mi'kmaq (L'nuk) hieroglyphic poetry in this unprecedented book. Publication coincided with the 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages.


Overview

This hieroglyphic poetry book is the first of its kind. Aboriginal artist and writer, Michelle Sylliboy blends her poetry, photography, and Mi'kmaq (L'nuk) hieroglyphic poetry in this unprecedented book. Publication coincided with the 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages.

Michelle Sylliboy

Michelle Sylliboy, a L'nuk (Mi'kmaq) artist/author, was raised on unceded territory in We'koqmaq, Cape Breton. PhD Candidate, Michelle is working on her Philosophy of Education Doctorate Degree fieldwork where she will combine her artistic background and education by creating a L'nuk Komqwejwi'kasikl (Hieroglyphic) curriculum with L'nuk teachers and Elders in Cape Breton.

Michelle Sylliboy

Michelle Sylliboy, a L'nuk (Mi'kmaq) artist/author, was raised on unceded territory in We'koqmaq, Cape Breton. PhD Candidate, Michelle is working on her Philosophy of Education Doctorate Degree fieldwork where she will combine her artistic background and education by creating a L'nuk Komqwejwi'kasikl (Hieroglyphic) curriculum with L'nuk teachers and Elders in Cape Breton.

Michael Calvert

or Michael Calvert's publishing credits include the anthology, In Our Own Aboriginal Voice (1), and Portal literary magazine. He is the editor of Kiskajeyi- I AM READY. A graduate of VIU's Creative Writing and Journalism program and SFU's Masters of Publishing, Michael lives in Nanaimo, BC and teaches at Vancouver Island University.

Excerpt

RESURGENT HOPEreconstructed monologuesseldom heard in publicdo not restrainbe heardfeel the strengthof Mother Earth'smagnetic anomaliesrenewing visionscarefully placed alongside our common goals of survivallisten to her drumbeats of collective sorrowsdrumbeats of healingsoft-petal collisionswe manage to upholdas a way of recognizinghow we needto behave in this world

Awards

  • Indigenous Voices Awards : category of Published Poetry (English) 2020, Winner

Reviews

Crystalline and fluid, the word art and visuals of Michelle emerges sharp, poignant and catalytic moving us between our world and the one surrounding us
--Lee Maracle, author of Celia's Song
--is a cultural basket filled with the poet's harvest in words, in ancient komqwej'wikasikl hieroglyphics and perfectly accented photographs
--Janet Rogers, author of As Long as the Sun Shines

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