Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is a writer, spoken word artist, activist, and librettist from the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, Saugeen Ojibway Nation, in Ontario. She has published two books of poetry, my heart is a stray bullet and bloodriver woman and released two poetry and music CDs in collaboration with her friend, Maori musician and producer Te Kupu. One of these CDs, A Constellation of Bones, was nominated for a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award. Kateri’s critical work was among the earliest to advocate that readers and scholars engage with Indigenous literature from within a culturally specific understanding and it continues to challenge and provoke. This is also evident in her work as an editor. She has edited two trailblazing anthologies of Indigenous literature: Without Reservation: Indigenous Erotica, the first collection of Indigenous erotica and skins: Contemporary Indigenous Writing, which won a Wordcraft Circle award. Kateri is the founder and Managing Editor of Kegedonce Press, one of only four Indigenous publishers in Canada. Her newest book, The Stone Collection, is a collection of 14 interconnected short stories. The collection has been lauded as “diamond-like in its brilliance” and “shining perfection” by Publishers Weekly (http://publishersweekly.com/978-1-55379-549-0).

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