Billy-Ray Belcourt is a writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation. Belcourt’s debut book of poems, This Wound is a World, won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize and the 2018 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize. It was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award, and was named by CBC Books as one of the best Canadian poetry collections of 2018. Belcourt is a PhD student and a 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. He was also a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and holds a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Wadham College at the University of Oxford. In January 2020, he will be an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.
Billy-Ray Belcourt’s This Wound is a World is a beautiful elegy on how to live and love as a queer NDN in a world wrought by a tear. His book marks a new wave of Indigenous literature that is brimming with queerness, gender re-membrance, trans creators and a singing home of Two-Spirit livelihoods.” — Joshua Whitehead