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Poetry Indigenous


by (author) Kaitlyn Purcell

Metatron Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2019
Indigenous, Coming of Age, Contemporary Women
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    Aug 2019
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 16 to 18
  • Grade: 11 to 12


In Edmonton, Ronnie learns what it is to be a young Indigenous woman, almost-alone in the city; unable to hear herself over its noise, see through the glare of its lights to find the ground beneath her feet. Stories of addiction, self-discovery, and the love of a good friend come together to form “bédayine, Kaitlyn Purcell's breathtaking debut.

About the author


  • Short-listed, Indigenous Voices Award
  • Unknown, The Metatron Prize for Rising Authors

Contributor Notes

Kaitlyn Purcell (Smith’s Landing First Nation) is a Denesuline writer/artist and member of the Writing Revolution in Place creative research collective (University of Alberta). Currently, she is an English PhD student within creative and critical Indigenous studies at the University of Calgary. Her research centres arts and literature as theoretical practice exploring gender/sexuality and multi-modal creative productions (creative writing, visual, digital, and installation arts) as praxis towards healing and resistance. Her debut novella, “bédayine, was selected by guest judges CA Conrad and Anne Boyer as the winner of the 2018 Metatron Prize for Emerging Authors and was published fall 2019.