Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a writer, scholar, storyteller, and activist of Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg ancestry and a member of Alderville First Nation. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba and has lectured across Canada.
Leanne is the author of Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence and a New Emergence (2011, ARP Books) and The Gift Is in The Making: Anishinaabeg Stories (Highwater Press, 2013). She has published three edited volumes including Lighting the Eighth Fire: The Liberation, Resurgence and Protection of Indigenous Nations (2008, ARP Books), and This is An Honour Song: Twenty Years Since the Barricades (with Kiera Ladner, 2010, ARP Books). She was part of the editorial collective that produced The Winter We Danced: Voices of the Past, the Present and the Idle No More Movement, forthcoming in Winter 2014 from ARP Books.
Leanne is also a fiction writer and poet, and was the 2012 winner of Briarpatch Magazine’s Writing in the Margins competition for short fiction. She has published in Geist Magazine, Kimiwan ’zine, As Us Literary Journal, Rice Paper Magazine, Briarpatch, and Muskrat Magazine. Her first book of short stories, Islands of Decolonial Love: Songs & Stories is now available from ARP Books and is accompanied by a full-length spoken word album with Indigenous musicians A Tribe Called Red, Cris Derksen, Tara Williamson, Nick Ferrio, Sean Conway, Sarah Decarlo, and Melody McKiver.