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Poetry Indigenous

An Explosion of Feathers

by (author) Conor Kerr

Bookland Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2021
Indigenous, Canadian, Native American
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    Sep 2021
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This poetry collection is a unique take on an urban, contemporary Métis life. The poems have a narrative element that connects back to land, place, and the traditional and modern territories that a family finds themselves living on. Based on oral storytelling traditions, many of the poems focus on what creates a personal connection to an urban environment that not long ago was still under Indigenous governance systems. This book explores relationality, history, disenfranchisement, cultural resurgence, and through humour, leaves the reader thinking about their own place within Indigenous territories.

About the author

Conor Kerr is a Métis/Ukrainian educator, writer and harvester. He is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, part of the Edmonton Indigenous community and is descended from the Lac Ste. Anne and Fort Des Prairies Métis communities and the Papaschase Cree Nation. His Ukrainian family settled in Treaty 4 territory in Saskatchewan. Conor works as the manager of Indigenous relations and supports at NorQuest College and is a sessional instructor in the pimâcihisowin program at MacEwan University. In 2019, Conor received The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize. His writing has been anthologized in Best Canadian Stories 2020, Best Canadian Poetry 2020 and has appeared in literary magazines across Canada. He is honoured to be able to live, work and chase Labrador retrievers around on the land that his family has called home for generations.

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