Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a PhD candidate and 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation at the University of Alberta. His first book is This Wound is a World (Frontenac, 2017), which won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize. His next book is NDN Coping Mechanisms (House of Anansi, 2019), out in September.

(photo by Tenille Campbell)