April 2018 - Billeh Nickerson and Tawahum Justin Bige

April 18, 2018

Billeh Nickerson is the author of five books including the 2014 City of Vancouver Book Award nominated Artificial Cherry. He is also a founding member of the performance troupe Haiku Night in Canada, and a silver medalist at the Canadian Gay Curling Championships. He’s a past writer-in-residence at the Berton House in Dawson City Yukon, Queen’s University and, most recently, at the University of the Fraser Valley. He’s permanent faculty in the Creative Writing department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He lives—and loves—in Vancouver.

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Quickly growing Lutselk’e Dene poet, Tawahum Justin Bige resides on unceded Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish territory colonially-known-as Vancouver. Published in Red Rising Magazine, Oratorealis and Pulp Magazine, Tawahum’s poetry stokes the sacred fire of resurgence and decolonization on occupied Turtle Island. Their writing drops deep into the valleys of healing intergenerational trauma, up the rocky cliffs of reconnecting with culture and against the solid concrete city streets of colonization. With the help of the community believing in them, they’ve featured on stages including Talking Stick, Verses, and Drum-is-Calling festivals. In their 3rd year of studies toward a BA in Creative Writing at KPU in BC, Tawahum hopes to publish a book of poetry by his graduation in 2019. They invite you to join them on a journey that is both emotionally personal and deeply political.

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