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Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer was raised on Saddle Lake Reserve and attended Blue Quills Residential School. Her first book, Bear Bones & Feathers, received the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award and was a finalist for the Spirit of Saskatchewan Award, the Pat Lowther Award and the Gerald Lampert Award. Her book, Burning in This Midnight Dream, won the Saskatchewan Book Award and the Raymond Souster Award, among other awards. Halfe was awarded the Latner Writers Trust Award for her body of work in 2017, and the 2020 Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. She is currently the first Indigenous person serving as Canada’s Poet Laureate. Halfe’s newest books are awäsis – kinky and dishevelled, and a new edition of Burning in This Midnight Dream, from Brick Books, 2021.

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