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Posted: Tuesday December 11, 2012
Wanda John-Kehewin

Cree poet Wanda John-Kehewin studied criminology, sociology, Aboriginal studies, and creative writing while attending the Writer’s Studio writing program at Simon Fraser University. She uses writing as a therapeutic medium through which to understand and to respond to the near decimation of First Nations culture, language, and tradition. She has been published in Quills, Canadian Poetry Magazine, the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast anthology Salish Seas, and the Writer’s Studio emerge anthology. She has shared her writing on Vancouver Co-op Radio, performed at numerous readings throughout the Lower Mainland, and read for the Writers Union of Canada.

LATEST Wanda John-Kehewin NEWS

September 2015 : This weekend: WORLD POETRY VANCOUVER at the Britannia Library

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October 2013 : Talon Authors Unite at WORD Vancouver


Winner of a 2013 World Poetry Empowered Poet Award


In the Dog House

“Her work is brave, brilliant, and relentless. Her voice deserves to be heard.”
– Garry Gottfriedson

“Playful, painful, indignant, compassionate, a new voice emerges into the realms of Canadian poetry. Wanda John-Kehewin is a smart, sharp observer, and an articulate craftswoman. Her poetry shines.”
– Joanne Arnott

“Between the body & the utterance is the meaning. Read these poems aloud – as if your life depended upon it – for it does. Wanda John-Kehewin unstops our ears with her unflinching evocation of the “colonial pesticide” now threatening all forms of life.” – Betsy Warland, Breathing the Page – Reading the Act of Writing

"I loved this look into the upside-down world of Indigenous experience where families are recovering from being torn apart. Instead of being a place of shame and exclusion the dog house became a safe haven to comfort an abused child. The poems are full of love, triumph, sympathy and encouragement for others. One Thousand Cranes, a poem for the victims of the Japanese Tsunami, shows the universal appeal of this poetry.

There are lessons for us all in these beautifully crafted words."– Grace Woo, Goodreads.com

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