Jónína Kirton

An Icelandic and Red River Metis poet, she was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Treaty 1, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene peoples and the homeland of the Métis. She was sixty-one when she received the 2016 Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category. Her second collection of poetry, An Honest Woman, was a finalist in the 2018 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Her third book, Standing in a River of Time, was released in 2022. She is a citizen of the Métis Nation of BC and currently lives in New Westminster BC, the unceded territory of the Halkomelem speaking peoples.

We’re so excited to announce a special virtual workshop series with renowned BC poet Jónína Kirton. These workshops are free and running after school (3:30pm) on May 2 and May 9 on Zoom. Ideally, attendees will attend both sessions: this is a participation-driven workshop, with participants writing and sharing.

Attendance is limited to about 10 participants, with preference given to those who can attend both sessions. These sessions are only open to current members of the BC Teachers for English Language Arts. Each session will last between 60 and 90 minutes. Participants of all writing experience levels are welcome.

To sign up, enter your name in this Google Form: https://forms.gle/CfqZxhA6JwAProFS8. And if you have any questions, please let us know!


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