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Lisa Bird-Wilson



  • Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Métis writer from Saskatchewan whose writing has appeared in a number of literary magazines and anthologies, including Grain, Prairie Fire, The Dalhousie Review, kimiwan, and Cîhcêwêsin. In 2013 Bird-Wilson’s book, Just Pretending, was published to glowing reviews.

    “…Wilson hides nothing. Her language is precise and minimalistic. That is not to say her writing is simple. Her words are expertly crafted, poetic even. Bird-Wilson speaks with an inviting voice, drawing us into each tale.”
    -Devin Pacholik, Pages and Patches

    “…Bird-Wilson's collection is simply confident and abiding in its Métis outlook and identity. What many of her characters are looking for is who they are. Bird-Wilson's stories say, astum, listen.”
    -Bill Robertson, The StarPhoenix

    “The stories in Métis writer Lisa Bird-Wilson's short story collection, Just Pretending, are searing portraits of life on the margins of family and of society in general, and the book is a remarkable literary debut.”
    -Kerry Claire, 49th Shelf

    In 2014 Bird-Wilson won several Saskatchewan Book Awards for her book, Just Pretending, including the prized University of Regina Book of the Year Award, the Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing Award, and the SaskPower Fiction Award. Publisher Coteau Books also received the Aboriginal People’s Publishing Award for Bird-Wilson’s book. Just Pretending was subsequently shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award.

    Award winning author Richard VanCamp says:
    “These stories are sung low from the throats of women who know heartache for characters you’ll never forget. Lisa Bird-Wilson has the Atwood eye for detail and the ability to deliver that Carver tone. Her voice is a voice to be cherished and respected.”

    Bird-Wilson lives in Saskatoon and works for the Gabriel Dumont Institute, where she has held a variety of positions for 17 years, including her current position as Director of GDI Training and Employment. Bird-Wilson is the author of one other book, An Institute of Our Own: A History of the Gabriel Dumont Institute, which chronicles the struggle to establish Métis education rights in Saskatchewan. She is currently at work on a biography of Aboriginal leader Jim Sinclair; a c


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


  • Just Pretending. Coteau Books, 2013
  • An Institute of Our Own: A History of the Gabriel Dumont Institute. Gabriel Dumont Publishing, 2012
  • Title• “Cracker,” in Zaagidiwin is a Many Splendoured Thing: Love, Laughter and Learning Stories from Aboriginal Writers. Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2008

Audience Age Groups

    • Adults
    • Secondary School (10-12)
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