Katherena Vermette


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.

SiWC Workshops

Saturday 1:30pm

Made famous with such forms as Haiku and Tanka, pondered with such finds as Sappho's fragments, short forms of poetry have always been alive and well. Short poems prove poets can pack a punch in just a few lines. In this poetry workshop, participants will explore and practice various forms, debate what is and isn't poetry, and learn just how mighty the short verse can be.

Sunday 9:30am

Writing is hard work, and anyone who says different is lying to you, or themselves, or both. All writing includes a difficult, and sometimes impossible, process that evolves over time, and can change with every project, but there are some learned skills that help get through it. In this workshop, writers will be guided through tools and techniques to hopefully find their very own process to create, inspire, and get through all that hard work.