February 2019 - Onjana Yawnghwe and Wanda John-Kehewin

February 20, 2019

Onjana Yawnghwe is Shan-Canadian and was born in Thailand but grew up in BC. She is the author of the poetry books Fragments, Desire (Oolichan, 2017), and the forthcoming The Small Way (Caitlin Press, Fall 2018). She was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and longlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award in 2018. She has a MA in English and currently works as a nurse in Vancouver.

Cree poet Wanda John-Kehewin studied criminology, sociology, Aboriginal studies, and creative writing while attending the Writer’s Studio writing program at Simon Fraser University. She uses writing as a therapeutic medium through which to understand and to respond to the near decimation of First Nations culture, language, and tradition. She has been published in QuillsCanadian Poetry Magazine, the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast anthology Salish Seas, and the Writer’s Studio emerge anthology. She has shared her writing on Vancouver Co-op Radio, performed at numerous readings throughout the Lower Mainland, and read for the Writers Union of Canada. She has two books, one published in 2013 called In The Dog House and her second which came out October of 2018 called Seven Sacred Truths. She has two children's grade one and two readers coming out in the spring of 2019.