Billy Ray Belcourt has won an Indigenous Voices Award for most significant work of poetry in English by an emerging Indigenous writer.
Fellow Alberta-based literary artist Joshua Whitehead was also one of three artists nominated in this category.
The Indigenous Voices Awards is a national program established in 2017 to celebrate emerging Indigenous writers. There are seven categories, which include works in English, French and Indigenous languages, and recognizes both published and unpublished work.
- Learn more about the program on the Indigenous Literary Studies Association website.
The 2018 Awards were judged by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Gregory Scofield, Jean Sioui and Richard Van Camp.
The winners were announced on May 29, 2018, in Regina, SK. The prizes for published work are $5,000 each and the prizes for unpublished work are $2,000 each.
- Belcourt was recognized for his poetry collection This Wound is a World.
- Whitehead was nominated for his poetry collection full-metal indigiqueer.
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!