Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction and children's literature. Her first book, North End Love Songs (Shillingford Press 2012) won a Governor General Literary Award for Poetry, and the Lina Chartrand Award for activism in poetry. Her upcoming project, The Seven Teachings Stories is a children’s picture book series (Portage and Main Press, estimated release in late 2014). Her poetry and fiction have appeared in several literary magazines and compilations, including Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water, and the Exile Book of Native Fiction and Drama (2010). She holds a Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and has been a proud member of the Indigenous Writers Collective since 2004. Vermette lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.