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. 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 2018 Indigenous Voices Award for Most Significant Work of Poetry in English by an Emerging Indigenous Writer
Short-listed 2018 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry (Alberta Literary Awards)
Joint winner 2017 One of the 10 best books of Canadian poetry of 2017 (CBC Books)