Armand Garnet Ruffo’s scholarly and creative work—strongly influenced by his Anishinaabe (Ojibway) heritage—sheds light on contemporary First Nations’ issues such as the environment, spirituality, education and self-determination. “I draw much of my poetic inspiration from the history and culture of First Nations peoples in Canada. In this regard, it is important for me to write something that engages with society in general, and speaks to both Indigenous and Settler Canadians.”

He is the author of four collections of poetry, Opening In The SkyAt Geronimo’s Grave (winner of the Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry), Grey Owl: the Mystery of Archie Belaney, and The Thunderbird Poems that accompanied his creative biography, Man Changing Into Thunderbird, on the acclaimed Ojibway artist Norval Morrisseau.

Armand’s critically acclaimed feature film about residential schools, A Windigo Tale, won the Best Picture award at the 2010 American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, and Best Feature film at Edmonton’s Dreamspeaker Film Festival. As an academic, Armand produces scholarly writing, and co-edited the 2013 edition of An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English.

Currently an associate professor of English at Queen’s University, Armand teaches Aboriginal literature and creative writing, and lives in Kingston.

Appearing in: Celebrate the Literary Outdoor Celebration