Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. A 2016 Rhodes Scholar, he holds a M.St. in Women's Studies from Oxford University. A 2018 P.E. Trudeau Foundation Scholar, he is wrapping up a Ph.D. in English from the University of Alberta. He is the author of This Wound is a World (Frontenac House 2017), winner of the 2018 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field (House of Anansi Press 2019), and the forthcoming A History of My Brief Body (Hamish Hamilton 2020).
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