Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer currently completing his PhD at Simon Fraser University, where he focuses on digital humanities and indigenous poetics. His conceptual writing engages with the representation of indigenous peoples in anthropology and popular culture. His chapbooks have been published by JackPine Press, and Above/Ground press, and his work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals across Canada, including Prairie Fire, the Capilano Review, dANDelion, ARC Poetry,
Winner of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize, Injun (Talonbooks) is a long poem about racism and the representation of Indigenous peoples. Composed of text found in western novels published between 1840 and 1950 – the heyday of pulp publishing and a period of unfettered colonialism in North America – Injun then uses erasure, pastiche, and a focused poetics to create a visually striking response to the western genre. Read an article about Injun, and Abel’s other collections, here.