Literary Nonfiction. Native American Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Memoir. Winner of the 2019 Writers' Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers. Winner of the 2019 Quebec Writers’ Federation Concordia University First Book Prize. 2019 Quebec Writers’ Federation Mavis Gallant Prize finalist for Non-Fiction. 2019 Indigenous Voices Award finalist for Published Prose in English. 2019 Lambda Literary Award finalist for Lesbian Memoir. Jas M. Morgan's NÎTISÂNAK honours blood and chosen kin with equal care. A groundbreaking memoir spanning nations, prairie punk scenes, and queer love stories, it is woven around grief over the loss of their mother. It also explores despair and healing through community and family, and being torn apart by the same. Using cyclical narrative techniques and drawing on Nixon's Cree, Saulteaux, and Métis ancestral teachings, this work offers a compelling perspective on the connections that must be broken and the ones that heal.
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Jas M Morgan is a Toronto-based Cree- Métis-Saulteaux SSHRC doctoral scholarship recipient, a McGill University Art History PhD candidate, and an assistant professor in Ryerson University's Department of English. They previously held the position of Editor-at-Large for Canadian Art, served as the Arts and Literary Summit programmer for MagNet 2019. Morgan's first book NÎTISÂNAK (Metonymy Press, 2018) won the prestigious 2019 Dayne Ogilive Prize and a 2019 Quebec Writer's Federation first book prize, and has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and an Indigenous Voices Literary Award. Morgan is the co-founder of gijiit: a curatorial collective that focuses on community-engaged Indigenous art curations, gatherings, and research dealing with themes of gender, sex, and sexuality. They are a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award recipient, and have been awarded national Magazine Awards in the Essay category for "Stories Not Told" and in the Best-Editorial Package category for "#MeToo and the Secrets Indigenous Women Keep." For their work as lead editor for the summer 2017 issue of Canadian Art, an issue on the theme of "Kinship,' they were also nominated for a National Magazine Award in the "Best Editorial PackagE" category. Morgan's writing has appeared in The Walrus, Malahat Review, Room, GUTS, esse, Teen Vogue, CV2/Prairie Fire, The New Inquiry and other publications.Author City: MONTREAL, QC CAN