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Leanne Simpson, Indigenous writer, poet and musician, faculty at Dechinta Centre (NWT): Freedom Sings: Land/Bodies/Resurgence

Thu, Nov 3/16 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Room 103, 230 College Street

 

Leanne will share work from her current projects including This Accident of Being Lost, and her record f(l)ight. 

As a writer, Leanne was named the inaugural RBC Charles Taylor Emerging writer by Thomas King, and she has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards. She has published extensive fiction and poetry in both book and magazine form. Her second book of short stories and poetry, The Accident of Being Lost will be published by House of Anansi Press in Spring 2017. 

Leanne is both a gifted vocalist and acclaimed poet whose 2014 debut album, Islands of Decolonial Love, combined poetry, short stories, and musical collaborations. Her work breaks open the boundaries between story and song - bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity. Leanne's new album f(l)ight, is a haunting collection of story-songs that effortlessly interweave Simpson's complex poetics and multi-layered stories of the land, spirit, and body with lush acoustic and electronic arrangements. Recorded and produced by an acclaimed cast of Indigenous and non-Indigenous musicians including: Jonas Bonnetta (Evening Hymns), James Bunton (Ohbijou, Light Fires, Forest City Lovers), Juno-nominated Cree/Metis cellist Cris Derksen, Nick Ferrio (The Burning Hell), Ojibwe/Cree singer-songwriter Tara Williamson, and Anishinaabe singer-songwriter Ansley Simpson, f(l)ight will be released September 30, 2016 on RPM Records.