Cree/Métis poet Wanda John-Kehewin is another product of the SFU Writers Studio. Her first poetry collection, In the Dog House (Talonbooks $16.95), is divided into four aspects of the Medicine Wheel. She uses writing as a therapeutic medium through which to understand and to respond to the near decimation of First Nations culture, language, and tradition. Her work has been published in the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast anthology Salish Seas as well as Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine and emerge. She describes herself as "a First Nations woman searching for the truth and a way to be set free from the past." Reviewing John-Kehewin's second collection, Seven Sacred Truths (Talonbooks 2019), Elee Kraljii Gardiner wrote in BC BookLook that she "returns to a place of witness that psychologically complements her debut that... featured discrete poems: this one laces prose, experimental poems, testimony, acrostic, prayer, poems of witness, essay, memoir, and recollection. In terms of who I am and what are my concerns, questions emerging authors tend to answer in their first books, Seven Sacred Truths collects the author’s learning and places it right on the page, beautifully, confidently, and with the type of stare-you-in-the-face storytelling that can only be accomplished with the wisdom of self-awareness. These texts do not dress up or pretend. What is more sacred than a woman knowing herself, accepting herself and moving forward into a place of self-determination?"

BOOKS:

In the Dog House (Talonbooks 2013) $16.95 978-0-88922-749-1

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