(The Muses’ Company, an imprint of J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing; distributed by University of Toronto Press
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Winnipeg’s North End is a neighbourhood of colourful birds, stately elms, and wily rivers. It’s where a brother’s disappearance is trivialized because he is Aboriginal, where girls share secrets, cigarettes and stories of love, and where a young mother watches her daughters as they play in the park.
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In spare, minimalist language, North End Love Songs attends to the demands of Indigenous and European poetics, braiding an elegant journey that takes us from Winnipeg’s North End out into the world. We enter the undocumented lives of its citizens and celebrate them through Katherena Vermette’s beautiful poems.
Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction and children's literature. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines and compilations, including Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water, and The Exile Book of Native Fiction and Drama (2010). Currently completing her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia (optional residency), she is also a mentor with the Booming Ground Writers Program, organizer of the Manitoba Indigenous Writers Festival, and a member of the Indigenous Writers Collective. In 2013 she won the Lena Chartrand Award for activism in poetry, and her first GG award with her first book, North End Love Songs. Her upcoming project, The Seven Teachings Stories is a children’s picture book series (fall 2014). Katherena Vermette lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Past GG Winning Poetry