22 June 2018

“Everyone’s uncle thinks that they are the world’s most handsome NDN, and no one says otherwise.” With “The Terrible Beauty of the Reserve,” a poem published on 7 June 2018 in The Walrus, 2018 Foundation scholar Billy-Ray Belcourt critically evokes the reservization, intimacy, and violence of Indigenous bodies and lives in Canada.  Billy-Ray’s debut collection of poems, This Wound is a World, was published in September 2017 and won the prestigious Griffin poetry prize. Read “The Terrible Beauty of the Reserve” here.

Billy-Ray Belcourt

Billy-Ray Belcourt (English, University of Alberta) looks at his personal history and the works of contemporary Indigenous artists and writers to explore the theoretically significant ways that Indigenous peoples enact care in Canada.

2018 Scholars