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Saturday Night Showcase: Timely & Tasty Indigenous Voices

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Big Secret Theatre

205 8th Avenue SE

Calgary, Alberta T2G 0K9

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Five of Canada’s most provocative emerging and established Indigenous writers join forces with New Zealand’s Maori pioneer in this multi-genre showcase.

Presented in partnership with the Calgary Foundation.

Billy-Ray Belcourt

Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. A Ph.D. student in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, he is a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and holds a Masters of Studies in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford. In 2016, he was named one of six Indigenous writers to watch by CBC Books. He was the winner of the 2016 P.K. Page Founder’s Award for Poetry.

Dawn Dumont

Dawn Dumont is a columnist for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, the Regina Leader-Post and Eagle Feather News. She has previously written for the Edmonton Journal and CBC Radio, and has worked as a stand-up comic across North America, including New York’s Comic Strip, the Comedy Club, the Improv, and Toronto’s Yuk Yuk’s, and the Laugh Resort. She lives in Saskatoon.

Witi Ihimaera

Witi Ihimaera was the first Maori to publish a novel, Tangi, in 1973. His best-known novel, The Whale Rider, became an internationally acclaimed film in 2002. Today, he is one of New Zealand’s leading writers, with 14 novels, seven story collections, three plays and four film adaptations to his credit. He was a member of the international faculty at the Banff Center, and, in 2017, was awarded the French Order of Arts and Letters. He lives in New Zealand.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, scholar and musician, and is a member of Alderville First Nation. She holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and has lectured at universities across Canada. She is the author of three previous books, including Islands of Decolonial Love, and the editor of three anthologies. Simpson has released two albums, including f(l)ight, which is a companion piece to This Accident of Being Lost and will be performed with her band at Wordfest.

Chelsea Vowel

Chelsea Vowel is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta. She has a BEd and LLB and is mother to three girls, step-mother of two more. Vowel is a public intellectual, writer, and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, and resurgence. She is passionate about creating programs and materials that enable Indigenous languages to thrive, not merely survive. Vowel and her family currently reside in amiskwâciwaskahikan (Edmonton).

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