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In this event, the recent winner of the 2020 Journey Prize, Jessica Johns, will read her short story “Bad Cree”. Following the reading is a conversation with Saskatchewan Métis and nêhiyaw writer, Lisa Bird-Wilson and an audience Q+A.
Jessica Johns is a nehiyaw-English-Irish aunty and member of Sucker Creek First Nation in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta.
In 2019 her debut poetry chapbook, How Not to Spill, co-won the 2019 BP Nichol Chapbook Award, and her short story “The Bull of the Cromdale,” was nominated for a National Magazine Award in fiction. Most recently, her short story “Bad Cree” won the 2020 Writers’ Trust Journey Prize and won silver at the 2020 National Magazine Awards.
Jessica has been published widely in magazines including Cosmonauts Avenue, Glass Buffalo, CV2, and Grain. She is the Managing Editor for Room Magazine and a co-organizer of the Indigenous Brilliance reading series.
Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Saskatchewan Métis and nêhiyaw writer whose work appears in literary magazines and anthologies across Canada. Her fiction book, Just Pretending (Coteau Books 2013), won four Saskatchewan Book Awards, including the 2014 Book of the Year; and was the 2019 One Book, One Province selection. Bird-Wilson’s debut poetry collection, The Red Files (Nightwood Editions 2016), is inspired by family and archival sources and reflects on the legacy of the residential school system and the fragmentation of families and histories. She is the current prose editor for Grain magazine. Her new novel, Probably Ruby, will be published by Doubleday Canada in August 2021.
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