Liz Howard recommends indigena awry by annharte

Every day in June, an Indigenous writer will recommend a book they love by a First Nations, Métis or Inuit author from Canada.
Liz Howard is the author of the poetry collection Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent. (Liz Howard/New Star Books)

June is Indigenous Book Club Month. CBC Books will publish a recommendation each day from an Indigenous writer for a book written by another Indigenous author. 

Liz Howard recommends indigena awry by annharte.

"In indigena awry, annharte takes apart the English language by its seams in a way that is at once ludic, raw, unflinching and inventive. She troubles the outside of mixed-race identity, poverty and 'experimental writing' into a seemingly ever-expanding interstice that makes my spiritmind want to live. But this collection is not merely a kaleidoscopic fairground for the wounded, it is in its most real-facing buoyancy a truth-talking, highly resistant/resilient text. This book is filled with the kind of fierce and unapologetic raunch, intelligence and gorgeousness that will split you open and make your heart soar."

Liz Howard's poetry collection Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, the first time the prize has been awarded to a debut collection. Howard is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph's MFA in Creative Writing program. She was born and raised in Treaty 9 territory in northern Ontario and has recent ancestral ties to Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (Robinson Huron Treaty area) as well as European/Franco-Ontarian settler heritage. She now lives in Toronto where she assists with research on the aging brain.


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