Prairie Fire/CV2 NDN Country West Coast Launch

Prairie Fire and CV2 magazines joined together to create a joint 2018 issue celebrating new work by Indigenous writers. Edited by Métis writers Katherena Vermette and Warren Cariou, this issue is an astounding collection of Indigenous writing from all across Turtle Island. Join Joanne Arnott, Jessica Johns, Molly Cross-Blanchard, Joseph A. Dandurand, Samantha Nock, Lindsay Nixon, Jónína Kirton and host Katherena Vermette to celebrate the launch of this fantastic collaboration.

Event Type: Reading
Cafe Deux Soleils
Date: Sunday, March 10, 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


Joanne Arnott received the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Arts, 2017. Métis/mixed-blood author of nine books, EVENT Magazine’s poetry editor.


Molly Cross-Blanchard is a Métis writer, MFA student at UBC, editor at PRISM international, and author of the chapbook I Don’t Want to Tell You.

Joseph A. Dandurand is a member of Kwantlen First Nation, and the Director of the Kwantlen Cultural Center. He recently published two books of poetry: I Want by Leaf Press (2015) and Hear and Foretell by BookLand Press (2015). 

Jessica Johns is nehiyaw and a member of Sucker Creek First Nation in Treaty 8 territory in northern Alberta. She is currently living on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.


Jónína Kirton is a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet. Her second book, An Honest Woman, was a finalist in the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.


Lindsay Nixon is a Cree-Métis-Saulteaux curator, award-nominated editor, award-nominated writer, and McGill Art History PhD student. They currently hold the position of Editor-at-Large for Canadian Art. Nixon has previously edited mâmawi­-âcimowak, an independent art, art criticism, and literature journal, and their writing has appeared in Malahat Review, Room, GUTS,MICE, esse, Inuit Art Quarterly,Teen Vogue, and other publications. nîtisânak is their first book.

Samantha Nock is a Cree-Métis poet, writer, and podcast host from Dawson Creek, BC. Her family originally comes from Ile-a-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan.



Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses Company) won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2013. Her novel, The Break (House of Anansi), was a bestseller in Canada and won multiple awards. Vermette’s second book of poetry, river woman, was published in the fall of 2018.

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