Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her first book, North End Love Songs, won the Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry. Her NFB short documentary, this river, won the Coup de Coeur at the Montreal First Peoples Festival and a Canadian Screen Award. Her first novel, The Break, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and CBC Canada Reads. Vermette lives with her family in a cranky old house within skipping distance of the temperamental Red River. Website: katherenavermette.com. Twitter: @katherenav.


For More Information


  • Podcast at The Koffler Centre of the Arts
  • “‘Poetry is the gateway drug,’” she laughs. “’It is very precise, like a meditation. I always know where I start, but I never know where I’ll end up’” – In Herizons

river woman

<p class="Bodydin79"><span lang="EN-US">Governor General’s Award-winning Métis poet and acclaimed novelist Katherena Vermette’s second collection, <i>river woman</i>, explores her relationship to nature – its destructive power and beauty, its timelessness and its place in human history. The poems are grounded in what feels like an eternal present, documenting moments of clarity that lift the speaker (and reader) out of our preconceptions of historical time, while never losing a connection to history.</span></p>

All events with Katherena Vermette

3 PM
Bionic Women Writers
Oct 13 @ 3 PM MT - 4:30 PM MT

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2nd Street SW
9 PM
Poetry Cabaret
Oct 12 @ 9 PM MT - 11 PM MT

DJD Dance Centre

111 12 Ave SE
1 PM
Indigenous Voices
Oct 14 @ 1 PM MT - 2:30 PM MT

DJD Dance Centre

111 12 Ave SE