For the past 26 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming and our next festival promises to offer the best so far. See the line-up of incredible Canadian literary talent at The Word On The Street Saskatoon Sunday, September 24, 2017.
nipê wânîn: my way back by Mika Lafond is a poetic journey of one woman discovering her Cree heritage and how it has shaped her. The poems are written in both Cree and English on facing pages. Her pathway for the poems was paved by her grandmother’s life and teachings.
#IndianLovePoems by Tenille Campbell is a poetry collection that humorously delves into the truths of love and lust within Indigenous communities from Wahpole Island to Northern Saskatchewan to the West Coast, leading to reflection on the complexities of sex, race, culture, and intention within relationships.
Moving between Lafond’s own Cree language and her adopted English language, these poems create a kind of cultural dialogue that invests heavily in the close relationship she had with her grandmother and the teachings that were offered to her.
Mika Lafond is a member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. She took a great interest in creative writing while she attended ITEP at the University of Saskatchewan through a mentorship with author Bill Robertson. Lafond and her cousin Joi Arcand started Kimiwan Zine in 2012 as an outlet for Indigenous visual artists and creative writers. Lafond has worked in education for ten years, has written resources for teachers, and began teaching at the U of S in 2015. Her writing is influenced by her love for her culture, language, and the importance of education. This is her first book.
Poetry: (Saskatoon, SK), Nipe Wanin My Way Back
Covering Indigenous adventures from Wahpole Island to Northern Saskatchewan to the coast of Vancouver, #IndianLovePoems is a poetry collection that delves into the humour and truths of love and lust within Indigenous communities.
Tenille Campbell is a Dene & Métis author and photographer from English River First Nation in Northern Saskatchewan. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and is in her fourth year of PhD studies at the University of Saskatchewan, focusing in Indigenous Literature. She is the author of #IndianLovePoems, a poetry collection with a gaze upon Indigenous Erotica and the humour within.
She is also the artist behind SWEETMOON PHOTOGRAPHY, a successful photography business that specializes in photographing Indigenous people, and the co-creator of TEA&BANNOCK, an online collective blog featuring the photographs and stories of Indigenous women photographers throughout Canada.
Poetry: (Saskatoon,SK), Indian Love Poems