This annual award is presented to an emerging Canadian writer from the LGBTQ community who demonstrates great promise through a body of work of exceptional quality.
Joshua Whitehead is a Two-Spirit/ Oji-Cree/nehiyaw member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1) in Manitowapow. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Calgary where he focuses on Indigenous Literatures and Cultures in the English Department. Joshua is the author of full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks) and the forthcoming Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press).
Joshua is currently working on a third book tentatively titled, Making Love to the Land – a hybrid form of nehiyaw storytelling that includes poetry, fiction, and personal essay on ways of reading the land from a queer Indigenous perspective. Pieces from the manuscript have been published with Arc Poetry Magazine, in Refuse: CanLit in Ruins, and forthcoming work in Prairie Fire’s NDN Country and The Fiddle.
The winner will be announced at an event in Toronto on June 16th. For more information about the award and the full list of finalists, please visit Writerstrust.com/Awards/Dayne-Ogilvie-Grant.
Congratulations, Joshua, and good luck!