Author Readings


A Reading and Discussion with Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and Dallas Hunt on (Re)Generation: The Poetry of Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

Join us for a reading and conversation with Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and Dallas Hunt presenting on Akiwenzie-Damm’s recently released poetry anthology,  (Re)Generation: The Poetry of Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, edited with an introduction by Hunt. Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is a profoundly influential figure in Indigenous literature, founding Kegedonce Press. Kegedonce has published and been supporting Indigenous authors, illustrators, editors, and designers since 1993. Akiwenzie-Damm’s own writing, both critical and creative, is similarly path-clearing, throwing into relief the nuances and complexities of Indigenous erotica and inviting Indigenous conversation on a global scale (well before global Indigenous literatures was an established part of the field. Akiwenzie-Damm’s latest collection,

(Re)Generation, edited with an introduction by Cree poet and scholar, Dallas Hunt, contains selected poetry exploring a range of issues: from violence against Indigenous women and lands to Indigenous erotica and the joyous intimate encounters between bodies. The introduction by Hunt locates her work within the field of Indigenous literature and meditates on her influence on the field of Indigenous erotica.   

Hunt and Akiwenzie-Damm will join David Gaertner in conversation about their collaboration and some of the themes that stretch across Akiwenzie-Damm’s distinguished career as a poet, publisher, and cultural worker. Resilience, love, sexuality, anger, and Indigenous brilliance are just some of the themes that will resonate throughout this event.   

Date: March 7, 2022
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm (PT)

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is a member of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, on the Saugeen Peninsula in Ontario. Kateri is a poet, writer, spoken word artist, Indigenous arts advocate, publisher, and educator. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough, teaching creative writing, Indigenous literatures, and oral traditions in the English Department. More…

Dallas Hunt is Cree and a member of Wapsewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty Eight territory in northern Alberta. He has had creative work published in Contemporary Verse 2, Prairie Fire, PRISM international and Arc Poetry. His first children’s book, Awâsis and the World-famous Bannock, was published through Highwater Press in 2018. His new book, CREELAND, is out through Nightwood Editions. Hunt is an assistant professor of Indigenous literatures at the University of British Columbia.


Reading with Joshua Whitehead

Join us for a special reading with award-winning author Joshua Whitehead.

Joshua Whitehead is a Two-Spirit, Oji-Cree member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks 2017), Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp 2018), the forthcoming Making Love with the Land (Knopf 2022), and is the editor of Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction. Currently, Whitehead is an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary where he is housed in both the English and International Indigenous Studies Departments.

This event will be moderated by Daniel Heath Justice. A Colorado-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation/ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ, Justice received his B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His book Why Indigenous Literatures Matter is a literary manifesto about the way Indigenous writing works in the world. You can read more about Daniel Heath Justice and his work here.

This event is organized by the University of Calgary as a part of the Honouring Indigenous Writers event series.

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2022

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (MT)

Joshua Whitehead Reading - Honouring Indigenous Writers
Photo by Tenille Campbell

Reading with Kim Senklip Harvey

Join us on Wednesday, March 16th from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (PT) for an author reading with Kim Senklip Harvey, who will be reading from her story, Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story.

Date: Wednesday, March 16th
Time: 6:00-7:00pm (PT)

Thanks to generous funding from the Public Humanities Hub Okanagan, there are a limited number of free copies of Kim Senklip Harvey’s book, Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Storyavailable for Indigenous students at UBC Okanagan who would like to attend the event. To pick up a book from Indigenous Programs and Services, please contact Naim Cardinal at naim.cardinal@ubc.ca.

Kim Senklip Harvey is a proud Syilx and Tsilhqot’in director, writer and actor who is known for her ability to craft stories that inspire, nourish and delight. In 2018, her play Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story had a three-city world premiere and won the 2019 Jessie Richardson Award for Significant Artistic Achievement, Best Production and the Sydney J. Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Play. Kim and the Fire Company were also the recipients of the 2020 Governor General Awards for Drama. Kim is currently developing 3 tv series and working on her first book of prose, she has her Masters in Creative Writing and is currently getting her PhD in Law. Harvey believes that storytelling is the most compelling medium to move us to a place where everyone is provided the opportunity to live peacefully. A self proclaimed dirtbag, her favorite pastimes include eating microwaved hotdogs and urban hiking alley’s.