Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is the first Indigenous person in Canada to receive a Rhodes Scholarship, which allowed him to complete a M.St. in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford. Following his degree in Oxford, he returned to Alberta where he is currently a PhD. student in the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. He has been named one of six Indigenous writers to watch by CBC Books, and his debut collection of poems, This Wound is a World, won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize and was named the best Canadian poetry collection of 2017 by CBC Books.
This Wound is a World
Part manifesto, part memoir, This Wound is a World is an invitation to “cut a hole in the sky to world inside.” Billy-Ray Belcourt issues a call to turn to love and sex to understand how Indigenous peoples shoulder sadness and pain without giving up on the future. His poems upset genre and play with form, scavenging for a decolonial kind of heaven where “everyone is at least a little gay.”