In the Year of Native Languages, we take a look at the riches of cultural production in First Nation languages throughout the Americas. Three authors who write in indigenous languages talk to Ingrid Bejerman. Carleigh Baker (Canada) is an award-winning nêhiyaw âpihtawikosisân writer who lives as a guest on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwu7mesh, and səl̓ilwəta peoples. She writes reviews for the Globe and Mail and the Literary Review of Canada. Her debut story collection, Bad Endings (2017). She is currently a writer in residence at Simon Fraser University. The poet and rancher Garry Gottfriedson (Canada) is a member of the Secwepemc First Nation. He earned his Master’s degree in Education at the Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and studied Creative Writing at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, United States. His most recent book of poetry is Clinging to bone (2019). He is fluent in the Secwepemc language. Jorge Alejandro Vargas Prado, a Peruvian writer, translator and researcher, has published work in Spanish and Quechua, including a novel and poetry and short story books; two examples are Qosqo qhechwasimipi akllasqa rimaykuna-Antología quechua del Cusco and Poesía súper contemporánea de Perú y los Estados Unidos.
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