Winner of the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry
This is a small northern town is the long awaited, first full-length collection of poems by Rosanna Deerchild. These are poems about what it means to be from the north; a town divided along colour lines; and a family dealing with its history of secrets. At its core, this collection is about the life of a Cree girl and the places she finds comfort and escape.
News & Reviews
“What this northern girl pulls to the surface, kicking and screaming, is nothing less than magic. Like the mining town of her childhood, these poems blast away our inner-most vulnerability, making way for love and light. But there is nothing shattered here–there is simply a dangerous girl the colour of gold. Stunning!” –Gregory Scofield
About the Author
Rosanna Deerchild is an award-winning author and veteran broadcaster. Her first poetry collection, this is a small northern town, won the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Her second book, calling down the sky, is her mother’s residential school survivor story. She is co-founder and member of the Indigenous Writers Collective of Manitoba and is the former host of the CBC Radio show Unreserved, a radio space for Indigenous community, culture, and conversation. A Cree from O-Pipon-Na-Piwan Cree Nation at South Indian Lake in northern Manitoba, Rosanna now lives and works in her found home of the North End of Winnipeg.