Joshua Whitehead

Joshua Whitehead

Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of full-metal indigiqueer and the winner of the Governor General’s History Award for the Indigenous Arts and Stories Challenge in 2016. Currently he is working on a PhD in Indigenous Literatures and Cultures in the University of Calgary’s English department (Treaty 7). Jonny Appleseed is his first novel. Twitter: @jwhitehead204. Twitter: @jwhitehead204.

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Reviews of Jonny Appleseed:

  • “Despite its often serious subject matter, Jonny Appleseed is a very funny book, in the same way that Indigenous people themselves are often very funny despite our traumas” – In the Globe and Mail


  • “Author Joshua Whitehead on Jonny Appleseed, his coming-of-age tale” – In the Toronto Star
  • “Jonny Appleseed” opens with the titular character discovering his sexuality through the mediator of HBO’s Queer as Folk, but rejecting that particular vision of queerness sometime after – In the Malahat Review
  • “These queer stories are already ingrained in the land, and I’m just trying to find them. Things are never forgotten, they’re just forgone” – In Room Magazine

Jonny Appleseed

Off the reserve and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city, Jonny becomes a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself to make a living. Self-ordained as an NDN glitter princess, Jonny has one week before he must return to the ‘rez’ – and his former life – to attend the funeral of his stepfather. The seven days that follow are like a fevered dream: stories of love, trauma, sex, kinship, ambition, and the heartbreaking recollection of his beloved kokum (grandmother). Jonny’s life is a series of breakages, appendages, and linkages. He goes through the motions of preparing to return home, learning how to put together the pieces of his life

All events with Joshua Whitehead

9 PM
Literary Death Match
Oct 10 @ 9 PM - 11 PM 
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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12 PM
Tasty Bites: Joshua Whitehead & Jordan Tannahill
Oct 10 @ 12 PM - 1 PM 
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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1 PM
Indigenous Voices
Oct 14 @ 1 PM - 2:30 PM 
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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