Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, scholar and musician, and is a member of Alderville First Nation. She holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and has lectured at universities across Canada. She is the author of three previous books, including Islands of Decolonial Love, and the editor of three anthologies. Simpson has released two albums, including f(l)ight, which is a companion piece to This Accident of Being Lost and will be performed with her band at Wordfest.
This Accident of Being Lost
The visionary short stories and songs in This Accident of Being Lost build upon Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s powerful use of the fragment as a tool for intervention. The provocateur and poet continually rebirths a decolonized reality, one that circles in and out of time and resists dominant narratives and comfortable categorization. Lake Ontario floods Toronto to remake the world while texting ‘ARE THEY GETTING IT?’; lovers visit the last corner of the boreal forest; and three comrades guerrilla-tap maples in an upper middle-class neighborhood. Blending elements of Nishnaabeg storytelling, science fiction, contemporary realism, and the lyric voice, This Accident of Being Lost burns with a quiet intensity, challenging you to reconsider the world you thought you knew.