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Billy-Ray Belcourt & Lehua M. Taitano in conversation, moderated by Afri-Indigenous Poet & CRG Research Scholar of the Arts & Humanities Initiative, Alan Pelaez Lopez

How can poetry interrupt settler futures? How do we honor indigiqueer loneliness? What does an indigiqueer future look like?

Billy-Ray Belcourt (he/him) is a writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a Ph.D. candidate and 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar in the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. A Rhodes Scholar, he holds an M.St. in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford and Wadham College. In the First Nations Youth category, Belcourt was awarded a 2019 Indspire Award, the highest honor the Indigenous community bestows on its own leaders.

Lehua M. Taitano is a queer CHamoru writer and interdisciplinary artist from Yigu, Guåhan (Guam) and co-founder of Art 25: Art in the Twenty-fifth Century. She is the author of two volumes of poetry—Inside Me an Island(WordTech Editions) and A Bell Made of Stones (TinFish Press). Her chapbook, appalachiapacific, won the Merriam-Frontier Award for short fiction. She has two recent chapbooks of poetry and visual art: Sonoma (Dropleaf Press) and Capacity (a Hawai’i Review e-chap).