“It isn’t an easy book,” Joshua Whitehead told CBC earlier this year, “but I chewed seedling throughout and spat it into the ink and fibres of this book so that you’d find medicine, even as you navigate the dark recesses of my life.” The book Whitehead is discussing, Making Love With the Land, hits shelves this August, and it promises to be a startling, heartwrenching look at what it means to live as a queer Indigenous person.
Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of the novel Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press), which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award in Fiction, and the poetry collection full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks), which was shortlisted for the inaugural Indigenous Voices Award for Most Significant Work of Poetry in English and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry.
Currently, he is working on a PhD in Indigenous Literatures and Cultures at the University of Calgary’s English department (Treaty 7). His dissertation, tentatively titled “Feral Fatalisms,” is a hybrid narrative of theory, essay, and non-fiction that interrogates the role of “ferality” inherent within Indigenous ways of being (with a strong focus on nêhiyawewin).
Joshua is sponsored by Author Patron, Coutts & King Inc.
Appearing in: 22. Beneath the Surface: Identities in Rupture: Memoir