Armand Garnet Ruffo

Armand Garnet Ruffo was born and raised in northern Ontario and draws upon his Ojibwe heritage for much of his writing. A multi-genre writer, he is the author of Grey Owl: The Mystery of Archie Belaney and Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird, a finalist for the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Awards. His latest collection of poetry is The Thunderbird Poems. Other projects include “Sounding Thunder: The Song of Francis Pegahmagabow,” a musical drama that premiered in the summer of 2018, and “On the Day the World Begins Again,” a short film about Indigenous incarceration that will premiere in October 2018. His writing most recently appeared in ARC Poetry, GRANTA: Canada issue, EVENT and 150, Canada’s History in Poetry (Nimbus Publishing). Ruffo is the recipient of a Honourary Life Member Award from the League of Canadian Poets and an inaugural Mayor’s Arts Award from the City of Kingston. He is currently the Queen’s National Scholar in Indigenous Literature at Queen’s University in Kingston. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

On Festival Sunday Armand Garnet Ruffo will be part of our “In Verse set at The Mill from 4:30-5:30.

Photo credit: Pearl Pirie

Treaty #

In Treaty #, Armand Garnet Ruffo combats unfounded historic representations of Indigenous bodies and beliefs with this collection of raw and poignant elegies. Born and raised in northern Ontario, Ruffo draws upon his Ojibwe heritage to make powerful connections to his predecessors, building a place for them, and all of us, in his poems. This is a major new work from an important, original voice, contributing to the new phase of restoration that’s being undertaken in Canada.