Terese Marie Mailhot named recipient of 2019 Blue Metropolis First Peoples Literary Award

The award recognizes work produced by First Nations, Métis and Inuit writers.
Terese Marie Mailhot is the author of the memoir Heart Berries. (Isaiah Mailhot)

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

Mailhot also won the $50K U.S. Whiting Award for emerging writers in early 2019.

The prize will be presented at the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival on May 4, 2019.

The jury for the 2019 prize was comprised of Billy-Ray Belcourt, Joshua Whitehead and Lindsay Nixon.

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. 



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