Joining a host of important contemporary voices such as Gregory Scofield, Liz Howard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Mi’kmaq writer Shannon Webb-Campbell's Who Took My Sister? is a collection of poems and texts that hold and carry trauma; they are a choir and a haunting testament.
Falling somewhere between Indigenous wisdom and contemporary poetic strategies Who Took My Sister? creates a space where readers are brought face to face with Mother Earth, Grandfather Sky, waterways, ancestors who give voice to the land, extreme national genocide, and Indigenous women whose lives are cut short by the colonial agenda.
Laced with piercing provocative awareness, cutting truths, and the reality of oppression, Who Took My Sister? is a decolonial orchestra and a rallying cry in the wilderness of our tumultuous times.
About the author
Shannon Webb-Campbell is a mixed-Indigenous (Mi'kmaq) settler poet, writer, and critic currently based in Montreal. Her first book, Still No Word (2015) was the inaugural recipient of Egale Canada's Out In Print Award. She was Canadian Women in the Literary Arts critic-in-residence in 2014, and sits on CWILA's board of directors. Her work has appeared in many anthologies, journals and publications across Canada including the Globe and Mail, Geist Magazine, the Malahat Review, Canadian Literature, Room, and Quill and Quire. In 2017 she facilitated a book club-style reading of The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada at Atwater Library in Montreal; she also championed Carl Daniel's novel Bearskin Diary for CBC Montreal's Turtle Island Reads. I Am a Body of Land is her second book.
Praise for Who Took My Sister?:
"Through a series of poems, some written directly to specific Indigenous writers, this collection is a choir lifting up, holding and affirming our lives and our words. Grounded in honouring, Who Took My Sister? is a beautiful homage to the strength, resistance and presence of Indigenous peoples, and as such, none of us are missing." —Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author of This Accident of Being Lost
"Who Took My Sister? is luminous. Shannon Webb-Campbell's poems swim through the waters of history and recirculate the stories of loss and grief that have been allowed to sediment out of public view. I could not put this book down, I could not look away. Part witness, part storyteller, Webb-Campbell's lyric voice is a downpour for a parched epoch. These poems are like water, in fact: they restore vitality, they rain down, they nourish, surge, and cleanse." —Erin Wunker, author of Notes from a Feminist Killjoy
"Shannon Webb-Campbell's Who Took My Sister? is a brilliant and heartbreaking collection of poetry. Not only does this book speak to the complexities of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, but it also speaks to what it means to be Indigenous, what it means to love, what it means to mourn, and what it means to come together as a community. Who Took My Sister? is an absolutely essential book that everyone should read." —Jordan Abel, author of the Griffin Poetry Prize-winning book Injun