Bookfest 2022 – Indigenous Voices

Saturday, October 17, 2022 at 7 PM EDT

Chimczuk Museum, 401 Riverside Drive West, Windsor ON N9A 7J1


Bookfest – Festival du Livre Windsor: Indigenous Voices

“To end off our biggest day of festival events, we will be heading over to the Chimczuck Museum for our Indigenous Voices spot light. The readings will take place in the concourse, surrounded by art and history. This is a private event, so the museum will be closed to the public; however, our guests are granted access to all of the surrounding exhibits and are welcome to walk around the museum as they please. Readings will be performed by Louise Bernice Halfe Skydancer, Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, awâsis; Carol Rose Golden Eagle, Saskatchewan Poet Laureate, Essential Ingredients; Tyler Pennock, Blood; Joseph Kakwinokanasum, My Indian Summer, will be released in September.”

To purchase tickets to the event, check out Bookfest’s page HERE.


About the Authors:

Carol Rose GoldenEagle

Carol Rose GoldenEagle was appointed Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate in 2021. She is an author of the award-winning novel Bearskin Diary. It was chosen as the national Aboriginal Literature Title for 2017. The French language translation of this novel, entitled Peau D’ours won a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019.
Her first book of poetry, titled Hiraeth, was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019. Her second novel, Bone Black, was released in the Fall of 2019.
Her latest novel, The Narrows of Fear, was released October 2020, and the chosen title for a 2021 Saskatchewan Book Award. Another collection of poetry, called Essential Ingredients, was released in 2021. Her poetry collection, entitled Stations of the Crossed, will be published by Inanna Publications in the Fall of 2022.

Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer

Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer was raised on Saddle Lake Reserve and attended Blue Quills Residential School. Her first book, Bear Bones & Feathers (Coteau, 1994), received the 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 (Coteau, 1998) was a finalist for the 1998 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and her fourth book, Burning in This Midnight Dream (Coteau, 2016), won the 2017 Saskatchewan Book Award and the Raymond Souster Award, among numerous other awards. Halfe 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 was granted a lifetime membership in the League of Canadian Poets, and currently works with Elders in the organization Opikinawasowin (“raising our children”) and lives near Saskatoon with her husband, Peter. Brick Books has published a new edition of Burning in This Midnight Dream in May 2021. Her newest work is awâsis – kinky and dishevelled (Brick Books, 2021.)

Joseph Kakwinokanasum

Joseph Kakwinokanasum is a member of the James Smith Cree Nation who grew up in the Peace region of northern BC, one of seven children raised by a single mother. A graduate of SFU’s Writers Studio, his short story “Ray Says” was a finalist for CBC’s 2020 Nonfiction Prize. His work has appeared in The Humber Literary Review and Resonance: Essays on the Craft and Life of Writing. In 2022, he was selected by Darrel J. McLeod as one of The Writers Trust of Canada’s “Rising Stars.” He now lives and writes on Vancouver Island. Loosely based on his own childhood, My Indian Summer is his first novel.

Tyler Pennock

Tyler Pennock is a two-spirit adoptee from a Cree and Métis family around the Lesser Slave Lake region of Alberta. Tyler is a member of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation. They graduated from Guelph University’s Creative Writing MFA program in 2013, and currently live in Toronto. Their first Book, BONES was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Indigenous Voices Award for Poetry in 2021. Their second book, BLOOD was released in September 2022.


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