Terese Marie Mailhot named recipient of 2019 Blue Metropolis First Peoples Literary Award
Terese Marie Mailhot is the recipient of the 2019 Blue Metropolis First Peoples Literary Award.
The $5,000 award aims to shine a spotlight on work by First Nations, Métis and Inuit writers. Mailhot is the fifth recipient of the award, which began in 2015.
Mailhot is a writer, journalist, teacher and memoirist from Seabird Island, B.C. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Rumpus and Yellow Medicine Review, among others.
Her memoir Heart Berries was longlisted for Canada Reads 2019 and was a finalist for the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize. It was also a finalist for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction as well as the 2018 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.
The prize will be presented at the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival on May 4, 2019.
The four previous winners of the Blue Metropolis First Peoples Literary Award are Lee Maracle in 2018, David Treuer in 2017, Thomas King in 2016 and Marie Annharte Baker in 2015.