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.
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Governor General’s Award-winning Métis poet and acclaimed novelist Katherena Vermette’s second collection, river woman, 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.