Magpie Dreams: Seeking and Finding Family through Memoir with Lisa Bird-Wilson

Sunday, March 10, 3 – 4:30pm
Historic Joy Kogawa House
1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver

This workshop includes a discussion of finding voice through creative non-fiction and the medium of memoir to organize and tell one’s own story. Questions we will consider include: does memoir need a theme, who owns the facts of your story, and how is storytelling a site of resistance?

To be held Sunday, March 10, 2024, 3:00 to 4:30pm, in the living room at Joy Kogawa House.

Johnny D Trinh

About Lisa

Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Saskatchewan Métis and Cree writer whose work appears in literary magazines, newspapers, and anthologies across Canada.

Her most recent book, Probably Ruby (2021), is published internationally and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and for the Amazon First Novel Award, and won two Saskatchewan Book Awards including Book of the Year.

Her collection of short stories, Just Pretending (Coteau Books 2013), won four Saskatchewan Book Awards, including 2014 Book of the Year, was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award, and was the 2019 One Book, One Province selection.

Bird-Wilson’s debut poetry collection, The Red Files (Nightwood Editions 2016), is inspired by family and archival sources and reflects on the legacy of the residential school system and the fragmentation of families and histories.

Lisa Bird-Wilson is the past prose editor for Grain magazine as well as a founding member and chair of the Saskatchewan Ânskohk Writers Circle Inc (SAWCI) / Ânskohk Indigenous Literature Festival.

Lisa lives in Saskatoon and is the CEO of the Gabriel Dumont Institute, Canada’s first Métis post-secondary education and cultural institute.