“Playful, pissed off and ferociously funny, Leanne Simpson writes irresistible love stories in the jaws of genocide. A genius shape-shifter and defiant genre-detonator, there is quite simply no one like her.” — Naomi Klein
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and musician. Winner of the RBC Charles Taylor Emerging Writer award, she has written several books of fiction and poetry, including Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back, and The Gift is in the Making, and is a widely published magazine contributor.
Her new short fiction and poetry collection, This Accident of Being Lost, is a follow up to the acclaimed Islands of Decolonial Love. The book blends elements of Nishnaabeg storytelling, science fiction, contemporary realism, and the lyric voice. “I hope this is a gateway into our amazing storytellers,” says Leanne. “There’s been sort of a crack opened and I think there’s more of an opportunity to have conversations and to experience this sort of diversity.”
Leanne lectures and teaches at universities across Canada and has twenty years experience with Indigenous land based education. She is currently faculty at the Dechinta Centre for Research & Learning in Denendeh (NWT) and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ryerson University.
Appearing in: 17. Paths to Understanding: Indigenous Women Write