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Wordfest Presents Joshua Whitehead

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Memorial Park Library, 1221 2 St S.W, 2nd floor, Calgary AB
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Wordfest is excited to present Joshua Whitehead in person for the launch of Making Love with the Land, his long-anticipated first work non-fiction. This hour-long celebration, featuring an extended reading and conversation, will start at 7:00 PM MT and will be hosted by Wordfest’s Creative Ring Leader Shelley Youngblut. It will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. Admission is free with your RSVP.

To help make this evening even more meaningful for community, please consider making a donation to the Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society.

We are grateful to Penguin Random House Canada for making it possible for us to connect you with Joshua Whitehead.

About Joshua Whitehead

Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of the novel Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press), which won Canada Reads (2021), and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction, and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for a Governor General's Literary Award. Whitehead’s poetry collection full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks), was shortlisted for the inaugural Indigenous Voices Award for Most Significant Work of Poetry in English and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. His essay, Who Names the Rez Dog Rez? won gold at the National Magazine Awards in 2021. Whitehead is an Assistant Professor at The University of Calgary.

Follow him on Twitter @JWhitehead204 and Instagram @jwhitehead204

About Making Love with the Land

In the last few years, following the publication of his debut novel Jonny Appleseed, Joshua Whitehead has emerged as one of the most exciting and important new voices on Turtle Island. Now, in this first non-fiction work, Whitehead brilliantly explores Indigeneity, queerness, and the relationships between body, language, and land through a variety of genres (essay, memoir, notes, confession). Making Love with the Land is a startling, heart wrenching look at what it means to live as a queer Indigenous person "in the rupture" between identities. In sharp, surprising, unique pieces ­ a number of which have already won awards ­ Whitehead illuminates this particular moment, in which both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples are navigating new (and old) ideas about "the land." He asks: What is our relationship and responsibility towards it? And how has the land shaped our ideas, our histories, our very bodies?

Here is an intellectually thrilling, emotionally captivating love song ­a powerful revelation about the library of stories land and body hold together, waiting to be unearthed and summoned into word.

About Host Shelley Youngblut

Shelley Youngblut is the CEO & Creative Ringleader of Wordfest. She was the recipient of the 2020 Calgary Award for Community Achievement in the Arts and the 2018 Rozsa Award for Arts Leadership. She also won the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Western Magazine Awards. Youngblut was the founding editor of Calgary’s award-winning Swerve magazine and has created magazines for ESPN, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Nickelodeon, Western Living, and The Globe and Mail. A former pop-culture correspondent for ABC World News Now and Canada Am, she is now often unconventionally opinionated on CBC Calgary’s Eyeopener.

Follow her on Twitter @youngblut and Instagram @youngblutshelley.

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