Launch of North End Love Songs (The Muses' Company) featuring guest reader Rosanna Deerchild and host Clarise Foster.
For Katherena Vermette, Winnipeg’s North End is neighbourhood of colourful birds, stately elms, and always wily rivers. It is where a brother’s disappearance is trivialized by local media and police because he is young and aboriginal. It is also where young girls share secrets, movies, cigarettes, Big Gulps and stories of love—where a young mother full of both maternal trepidation and joy watches her small daughters as they play in the park.
Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines and compilations, including Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water. Vermette was the 2010-2011 writerscollective.org Blogger in Residence and recently began graduate work in the prestigious Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia. A member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective of Manitoba since 2004, Vermette lives, works and plays in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Rosanna Deerchild is Cree from South Indian Lake in northern Manitoba. Her first book, this is a small northern town won the AquaBooks Lansdowne Prize for Poetry in 2009 and was nominated for the ReLit Award.
In addition to her position as the Poetry Editor for Muses' Company, Clarise Foster is the Editor of CV2, and the author of two collections of poetry. She also works as a freelance editor, and is the proud human companion of two dogs.