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ABOUT the author
Billy-Ray Belcourt (he/him) is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is Canada’s first First Nations Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of the poetry collections NDN Coping Mechanisms (House of Anansi Press) and This Wound Is a World (Frontenac House), which was awarded the 2018 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, the 2018 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, and a 2018 Indigenous Voices Award. In 2018, Belcourt was named by CBC Books as one of "14 Canadian poets to watch," one of "18 emerging writers to watch," a "Writer to know," and one of "ten young Canadians to watch" by the CBC. A History of My Brief Body marks his non-fiction debut.
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A History of My Brief Body
"In sharp pieces infused with a yearning for decolonized love and freedom, Belcourt, of the Driftpile Cree Nation, ably balances poetic, philosophical, and political insights throughout this unique book... An urgently needed, unyielding book of theoretical and intimate strength."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred
The Rumpus interviews author Billy-Ray Belcourt | July 15, 2020
Ruth Lefaive of The Rumpus talks with Belcourt about the limits, rewards, and power of writing, love, sex, rage, utopia and the similarities between Canada and the US, as well as the recent surge of marches for Black freedom. Read on!