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. His most recent book of poetry, Full-Metal Indigiqueer, was shortlisted for the 2017 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry.
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. In 2021, he won the LGBTQ Anthology Lammy for Love after the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer.
Follow him on Twitter @JWhitehead204.
Short-listed 2017 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry
Short-listed 2018 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry
Short-listed 2018 Indigenous Voices Award for Most Significant Work of Poetry in English by an emerging Indigenous writer