Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer, an editor for Poetry Is Dead magazine and former editor for PRISM International and Geist. Abel’s first book, The Place of Scraps, was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Un/inhabited, Abel’s second book, was co-published by Project Space Press and Talonbooks in 2015. He was awarded the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize for his third book of poetry, Injun. He is currently completing his PhD at Simon Fraser University, where his studies focus on digital humanities and indigenous poetics.
Abel’s third collection, Injun, is a long poem about racism and the representation of Indigenous peoples. Composed of text found in western genre novels published between 1840 and 1950 – the heyday of pulp publishing and a period of unfettered colonialism in North America – Injun uses erasure, pastiche, and a focused poetics to create a visually striking response to the western genre.