#BrownExcellence – Trapline by Snotty Nose Rez Kids

“Trapline” is an audio proclamation of Indigenous revolutionary teachings. It’s about being proud while jamming out and telling the world we’re reclaiming everything we are. Snotty Nosed Rez Kids’ (SNRK) third album opens with a skit “Wa’wais”: an in-depth cultural explanation and teaching about respect and connection to the land. It gives listeners just a brief glimpse into the complexity...

Envisioned Writing

Envisioned writing refers to writing based on mentally playing out scenes. Before setting pen to paper, or pressing the keys, the writer thinks through the entire scene and imagines it. Perhaps you fantasized as a child about delivering a smart comeback to a bully, thought about what it would be like to kiss the boy or girl of your dreams,...

Review: A Mind Spread Out On The Ground by Alicia Elliott

Alicia Elliott’s riveting and haunting A Mind Spread Out On The Ground has been billed as a collection of essays, as a mediation, as a commentary. It rose to the top of the non-fiction bestseller lists in Canada and stayed there, ultimately spending months in the top 10. That wasn’t what caught my interest. It was the way readers talked...

Flashback Review: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

by Sandra Ruttan The Sixth World that Rebecca Roanhorse writes about in Trail of Lightning is an amalgamation of what’s left of the United States after the Big Water. Yes, a flood has not only wiped out the coastlines, but most of the country and billions of people world-wide. Welcome to a world where monsters are real, the gods of the Indigenous...

Flashback Reviews: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese and There There by Tommy Orange

by Brian Lindenmuth My round-up of top reads of 2018 was published at Toe Six Press originally. Two – my Book of the Year and one of my top reads – were by Indigenous Authors. For Canada’s National Indigenous People’s Day I wanted to share these quick takes here. Book of the year: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese – On the...

Waubgeshig Rice talks about Moon of the Crusted Snow and Crossing Ethnic Lines in Reviews

By Chris La Tray I became aware of the work of Waubgeshig Rice, an Anishinaabe writer and journalist from Wasauksing First Nation in Canada, in January of 2019. His second novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was released in October of 2018 and had just popped up as an “advanced listening” audio book for free download—a bookseller perk—from libro.fm (the...

Bury The Trope, Not Your Gays

By Laila Winters We’ve all experienced that heart-stopping, gut-wrenching feeling of watching our favorite character be killed off on television. Several weeks following the show’s epic series finale, Game of Thrones fans are still reeling from Daenerys Targaryen’s death after Jon Snow, her lover-turned-nephew, ran her through with his sword. Dany’s death appeared to be the final straw, and fans...

The Poetry of Us: Hughes, Dunbar, DuBois and Peele

by Brian Lindenmuth “This movie is about duality and this idea that for however we define the word ‘us,’ for there to be an ‘us’ there has to be a ‘them,’” said Peele. “It can be your class, your country, your family. The way we think about ‘them’ informs the way we think about ‘us.’” — Jordan Peele What if...