Jordan Abel

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 ReviewdANDelionARC Poetry, DescantBroken Pencilfilling StationGrainOCW MagazineCanadian LiteratureCV2, and Canadian Literature. He is an editor for Poetry is Dead magazine and a former editor for PRISM International and Geist. Jordan’s first book, The Place of Scraps (Talonbooks), was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Jordan’s second book, Un/inhabited (Talonbooks and Project Space Press) was published in 2015.  Jordan’s third book Injun (Talonbooks), won the prestigious 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize.


Winner of the 2017 Griffin Poetry PrizeInjun (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.