July 31, 2017
Cree sound space
The time of Treaties in what is today western Canada, promised to usher in a period where the resources of the land would be shared between all peoples. The Cree expression miyo-wîcihitowin describes ...
July 30, 2017
painting and poetry/ poetry and painting
The play between poetry and painting has always influenced my work. I had the fortune of studying at the Umeå Konsthogsköla (Umeå Branch of the Art Academy of Sweden) when I was very young. Art has ...
July 28, 2017
the book of ayâs: the importance of nêhiyawêwin (Cree)
kinêhiyawêwininaw tâpiskôc kakîkêkamik[our creeness is like a forever house]itê kaki-kakîkê-pawâtayahk[where we can forever dream] I wrote this today, thinking about old stories, and old places. ...
July 25, 2017
performance as editing
One night in 2000, I was sitting around the metaphorical campfire with some friends in Regina, Saskatchewan. We were talking about art and writing. We were talking about music and performance. One by ...
July 23, 2017
We live in an age where everything is a click. A click here. A click there. A swipe. A scroll. Another click. We live in an age where everything is fast. We have all of the information that we would ...
July 22, 2017
Inspiration of Old Cree Stories
For years, I have been retranslating a book of old Cree stories. I am presently retranslating a story told by sâkêwêw: the story of opwâsimow kâ-kitimâkisit okimâwipayiw [a poor Stoney/ Nakota ...
July 20, 2017
writing with dyslexia
I could not really read until I was about eight. I have a distinct memory from 1977-- around June-- when I was sitting in my elementary school class watching other kids read. I had just transferred schools ...
July 18, 2017
the inspiration of Swedish poetry
the inspiration of Swedish poetryI have not written much in this blog yet about my work as a poet. I have two books of poetry out: Gabriel’s Beach and Songs to Kill A Wîhtikow. I have a third book, ...
July 16, 2017
drafts, and more drafts
I have always admired people could write in a way that required minimal drafts. Some people I know write in a calm, slow pace and what they "lay down on the track" stays pretty close to what is printed. ...
July 15, 2017
What is fiction?
What is fiction? This is a question that I have often thought of as a writer and a student of nêhiyawêwin. I have also thought about this question as a painter who works from nêhiyaw-âcimowina.I think ...