Terese Marie Mailhot
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About Terese Marie Mailhot
Born and raised on Seabird Island, B.C., Terese Marie Mailhot is in the creative writing faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where she graduated with an MFA in fiction. Her memoir, Heart Berries, chronicles her struggle to balance the beauty of her Indigenous heritage with the often desperate and chaotic reality of life on the reservation.
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"I had to make an assertion in the beginning of the book declaring how I wanted it to be read. It was really important to tell people that every time I had tried to impart the truth of my life, people either used it against me or judged me for my circumstance. It was important to make the declaration that my story had been maltreated and the words were too ugly to speak, but I've learned to speak them.
I enjoy illustrating my pain because the more I'm able to articulate the damage that's been done, I can heal...- Terese Marie Mailhot
"Dealing with reality is better than pushing it down. I enjoy illustrating my pain because the more I'm able to articulate the damage that's been done, I can heal — I can look at something and think about it objectively and engage with it in a meaningful way. Understanding that as much as I can makes me a better mother."