Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, a member of Alderville First Nation, is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Her work breaks open the intersections between politics, story and song—bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity.
Working for over a decade as an independent scholar using Nishnaabeg intellectual practices, Leanne has lectured and taught extensively at universities across Canada. She holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba, and is currently faculty at the Dechinta Centre for Research & Learning in Denendeh (NWT) and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University. Her books are regularly used in courses across Canada and the United States. The latest, As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance was published in the fall of 2017.
As a writer, Leanne was named the inaugural RBC Charles Taylor Emerging writer by Thomas King in 2014 and in 2017 she was a finalist of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Her paper “Land As Pedagogy” was awarded the Most Thought-Provoking 2014 article in Native American and Indigenous Studies. She has published extensive fiction and poetry in both book and magazine form. Her second book of short stories and poetry, This Accident of Being Lost is a follow up to the acclaimed Islands of Decolonial Love and was published by the House of Anansi Press in Spring 2017.
Leanne is also a musician combining poetry, storytelling, songwriting and performance in collaboration with musicians to create unique spoken songs and soundscapes. Leanne’s second record f(l)light produced by Jonas Bonnetta (Evening Hymns), was released in the fall of 2016 on RPM Records.