Jas M. Morgan's nîtisânak honours blood and chosen kin with equal care. A groundbreaking memoir spanning nations, prairie punk scenes, and queer love stories, it is woven around grief over the loss of their mother. It also explores despair and healing through community and family, and being torn apart by the same. Using cyclical narrative techniques and drawing on their Cree, Saulteaux, and Métis ancestral teachings, this work offers a compelling perspective on the connections that must be broken and the ones that heal.
Winner of the 2019 Quebec Writers' Federation Concordia University First Book Prize
About the author
Jas M. Morgan is a Toronto-based Cree-Métis-Saulteaux assistant professor in X University's Department of English. They previously held the position of Editor-at-Large for Canadian Art, served as the Arts and Literary Summit programmer for MagNet 2019, and edited mâmawi-âcimowak, an independent art, art criticism, and literature journal. Their writing has appeared in The Walrus, Malahat Review, Room, GUTS, esse, Teen Vogue, CV2/Prairie Fire, The New Inquiry and other publications.
- Short-listed, Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Biography/Memoir
- Short-listed, Indigenous Voices Award
- Winner, The Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers
"Razor-sharp critique and heartbreaking empathy are often juxtaposed throughout the book, creating the sort of nuanced cultural commentary that has been missing from Canada's publishing landscape." --Alicia Elliott, Montreal Review of Books
"nîtisânak is wildly interesting, thoughtful, and tender, but also utterly uncompromising." --Jessie Loyer, The Capilano Review