Louise Bernice Halfe - Sky Dancer was raised on Saddle Lake Reserve and attended Blue Quills Residential School. Her first book, Bear Bones & Feathers, received the 1996 Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award and was a finalist for the Spirit of Saskatchewan Award, the Pat Lowther Award, and the Gerald Lampert Award. Blue Marrow was a finalist for the 1998 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and her fourth book, Burning in This Midnight Dream, won the 2017 Saskatchewan Book Award and the Raymond Souster Award, among numerous other awards. Halfe was Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate for 2005-2006, was awarded the Latner Writers Trust Award for her body of work in 2017, and was awarded the 2020 Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. She trained at Nechi Institute as a facilitator, has a Bachelor of Social Work, was granted a lifetime membership in the League of Canadian Poets, and has received three honorary doctorates. She currently works with Elders in the organization Opikinawasowin (“raising our children”) and lives near Saskatoon with her husband, Peter.
Our final Unwrap Indie book picks are three recent recommendations published by Brick Books, a fiercely independent press that expands the definitions of what poetry is and can do. Through beautifully designed books, Brick Books amplifies urgent voices in poetry and brings ... Read more
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For Indigenous History Month we're featuring books written by Indigenous authors and the people behind them. Today we celebrate Kegedonce Press, an Indigenous-owned and -operated publisher based on the traditional territory of the Chippewas of Nawash First ... Read more
Renowned writer Louise Bernice Halfe, also known by the Cree name Sky Dancer, was named Canada's new Parliamentary Poet Laureate earlier this year. For National Poetry Month, we're thrilled to celebrate Louise and her newly published books from two independent Canadian publishers. ... Read more
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This National Poetry Month on All Lit Up we bring you Poetry Express, a month-long series dedicated to poetry as a mode of travel—anywhere, anytime. In a year of isolation, poetry, more than ever, is connection, expression, and reflection. Poetry takes ... Read more
Fists up for National Poetry Month! And we mean that in the best way possible. This year, we feel everyone could see a little more solidarity and community, so we're getting poetically political with Poets Resist, a series dedicated to poetry as a form of resistance. Every day ... Read more
Since 1974, Saskatchewan publisher Coteau Books has been releasing Herstory, a women's weekly calendar highlighting 52 women and their stories, as well as photos, artwork, and topic pages. We think they're the perfect people to highlight books that celebrate women this Women's ... Read more
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