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Posted: Friday June 16, 2017
Joshua Whitehead

Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree, Two-Spirit storyteller and academic from Peguis First Nation on Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Indigenous literatures and cultures at the University of Calgary on Treaty 7 territory. In 2016, his poem “mihkokwaniy” won Canada’s History Award for Aboriginal Arts and Stories (for writers aged 19–29), which included a residency at the Banff Centre. He has been published widely in Canadian literary magazines such as Prairie Fire, EVENT, Arc Poetry Magazine, CV2, Red Rising Magazine, and Geez Magazine’s Decolonization issue. He is currently working on a non-fiction, critical manifesto and a young adult novel titled Jonny Appleseed, based on a short story that first appeared in the Malahat Review’s January 2017 Indigenous Perspectives issue. Follow him on Twitter @concrete_poet.

LATEST Joshua Whitehead NEWS

March 2018 : [Updated] Give a cheer for Indigiqueer!

November 2017 : Here’s to fifty more years of Talonbooks!

October 2017 : New poetry in the house!


full-metal indigiqueer

One of the 10 best books of Canadian poetry of 2017 (CBC Books)

Shortlisted for the 2017 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry [Update: Author has withdrawn his book from consideration]


full-metal indigiqueer

“One of the most distinctive and original collections of Indigenous poetry ever published … Several lines in the collection haunt me. They manage to cut through the digital and pop-culture background noise of the collection to emerge as striking and resonant articulations of Indigenous queerness.”
Plentitude Magazine

“Both the form and content of the poems throughout Full-Metal Indigiqueer slice through barriers imposed by the conventions of language, to assert a new kind of identity for Whitehead, as the poet struggles and fights against the social, literary, and individual colonizations that he lives with/in. … Whitehead displays a clear love for the possibilities of written language, despite his misgivings about how it has come to be a part of his life through the colonial process. The creative use of text and language throughout this collection suggests that creative use of language can become a bold way through the traps set up to confine speakers to sanctioned ways of expressing themselves.”
—Wes Babcock, Bywords

“A spirited collection [… that] shifts and spins, smashing preconceptions from within and without his immediate vicinity. … This is an impressive work, and a writer very much worth paying attention to.”
—rob mclennan

“Joshua Whitehead has crafted a radical cyber poetic that breaks the boundaries between paper and screen, between the visual and the written word, and between the past and the future. Full-Metal Indigiqueer is an Indigital queer manifesto that clears the paths ahead.”
—Qwo-Li Driskill, author of Walking with Ghosts: Poems

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