My name is Kaitlyn Purcell and I am a member of Smith’s Landing First Nation. My mother is Dene from Fort Smith, and my father is Irish-Canadian from Ottawa. They raised me and my three sisters in Edmonton. I have been studying English, Indigenous literature, and creative writing for the last eight years. I received numerous awards for my creative work over the years, but most recently I won the 2018 Metatron Book Prize for my manuscript, ʔbédayine. I am a writer who first started with poetry before exploring writing creative non-fiction and fiction. I’ve spent some time experimenting with melding these different genres together. I’m also an artist who likes to bring in visual art into my work. Fun fact: sometimes I fantasize about dropping out from my PhD in English here at the University of Calgary to go to art school.
In politics, popular opinion isn’t always practical when we live in a world corrupted by capitalism and colonization. Like the changing seasons, politics are in flux. Currently, we live in a state where human rights and lives exist on the fringes of societal values. We have a history of politics that looks for shortcuts rather than constructive solutions to societal problems of economic downturns, poverty, education, healthcare, and infrastructure. I am looking for writing that explores these problems. I am looking for the voices and stories that need to be heard during these difficult times. I would love to see people in rural communities submit, as well as those who are confined to the core of our cities. I am open to reading collaborative writing and experimental work that explores these issues.