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Billy-Ray Belcourt: NDN Coping Mechanisms

Billy-Ray Belcourt and book cover for NDN Coping Mechanisms

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Talks

Billy-Ray Belcourt: NDN Coping Mechanisms

Tuesday September 10, 2019
Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario

Join writer Billy-Ray Belcourt in conversation with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson about his new genre-bending work, NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field. Belcourt employs poetry, poetics, prose, and photography to illuminate the rogue possibilities bubbling up everywhere NDNs are.   

Billy-Ray Belcourt (he/him) is a writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. His debut book of poems, This Wound is a World, won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize and the 2018 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize. He is also a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and holds an M.St. in Women's Studies from the University of Oxford and Wadham College. In the First Nations Youth category, Belcourt was awarded a 2019 Indspire Award, which is the highest honor the Indigenous community bestows on its own leaders. In January 2020, he will be an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Her work breaks open the intersections between politics,  story and song—bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity.

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