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Lisa Bird-Wilson


  • Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Metis writer from Saskatchewan whose short fiction has appeared in a number of literary magazines including Grain, Prairie Fire, The Dalhousie Review, and Geist as well as in an anthology of Aboriginal love stories called Zaagidiwin is a Many Slendoured Thing.

    In 2009 Bird-Wilson made the shortlist (second alternate) in the John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Awards for her collection of short stories called Just Pretending. Renowned Ojibway author Richard Wagamese described Bird-Wilson's book-length manuscript as follows:
    "Its style is funky and upbeat, like snapping fingers around an oil-barrel fire in some back alley when there´┐½s only song and wine to keep you going. Inventive, curious, leading us onward by its meter and its drive, this is storytelling as a doo-wop ballad, touching and instantly recognizable."

    Just Pretending will be published by Coteau Books in spring 2013. Bird-Wilson's nonfiction book, An Institute of Our Own: A History of the Gabriel Dumont Institute (2012) is published by Gabriel Dumont Publishing. She continues to work on a young adult book that centres on Metis culture and the folklore of Rougarou.

    In 2011 her story, "Blood Memory," was a finalist in the Western Magazine Awards and subsequently selected by Tightrope Books for inclusion in their "Best Canadian" anthology series. In the 2010 Saskatchewan Writers Guild Short Manuscript Awards, Bird-Wilson placed first in the fiction category, an award she also won in 2008. Competition judge Cynthia Flood describes the strong character in the winning piece: "A smart, angry, lonely girl rebels as hard as possible in order to fight her way through to maturity. Her story cuts sharply from one vivid scene to another as Charlie, whose strong voice is memorable, shows her near-understanding of damaged and self-deceiving human hearts, including her own."

    Bird-Wilson lives in Saskatoon and works for the Gabriel Dumont Institute, where she has held a variety of positions since 1997, including Principal and her current position as Director. She feels fortunate to have the opportunity to work in a Metis environment on Metis issues every day. In 2005 and 2006, Lisa was a contributing writer to the provincial ABE curricula, and has presented at provincial and national conferences on the topic of curriculum and Aboriginal learners.


  • Fiction » Literary
  • Non-Fiction » General Non-Fiction


  • TitleĽ “Cracker,” in Zaagidiwin is a Many Splendoured Thing: Love, Laughter and Learning Stories from Aboriginal Writers. Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2008


  » Literary Journal
  • Geist
  • Grain
  • Prairie Fire
  • The Dalhousie Review

Audience Age Groups

    • Adults
    • Secondary School (10-12)
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