‘This Wound is a World’ Reading by Billy Ray Belcourt

Part manifesto, part memoir, This Wound is a World is an invitation to “cut a hole in the sky to world inside.” Billy-Ray Belcourt issues a call to turn to love and sex to understand how Indigenous peoples shoulder sadness and pain like theirs without giving up on the future. His poems upset genre and play with form, scavenging for a decolonial kind of heaven where “everyone is at least a little gay.”

Billy-Ray Belcourt (@BillyRayB) is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a PhD student in the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. Billy-Ray Belcourt is the first Indigenous person in Canada to receive a Rhodes Scholarship, and has been named as one of six Indigenous writers to watch by CBC Books. Billy-Ray studies Indigenous art, literature, and film and lets these objects occasion his thinking about the anti-/ante-/ontological, queer worldings, native futures, the two valences of non-sovereignty, and ethics in a colonial present.

Billy Ray will also be joined by Samantha Marie Nock and Dallas Hunt

This event is taking place on the unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh territories.