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Lisa Bird-Wilson



  • Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Métis and nêhiyaw writer whose work appears in literary magazines and anthologies across Canada including a regular column in Geist magazine. Her fiction book, Just Pretending (Coteau Books, 2013), won four Saskatchewan Book Awards in 2014, including Book of the Year, and was the 2019 “One Book One Province,” selection, a project to create a reading culture in Saskatchewan.

    Lisa has a new fiction book slated for release in spring 2020.

    Lisa’s poetry collection, The Red Files (Nightwood Editions, 2016), is inspired by family and archival sources and reflects on the legacy of the residential school system. Her non-fiction book, An Institute of Our Own: A History of the Gabriel Dumont Institute (Gabriel Dumont Press, 2011), chronicles the struggle for Métis education rights in the 1970s and early 80s.

    Praise for Just Pretending:
    “Bird-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

    Award winning author Richard Van Camp 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.”


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


  • The Red Files. Nightwood Editions, 2016
  • Just Pretending. Coteau Books, 2013
  • An Institute of Our Own: A History of the Gabriel Dumont Institute. Gabriel Dumont Publishing, 2012

Audience Age Groups

    • Adults
    • Secondary School (10-12)
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