“For too much of my youth I did worry about what my friends thought, I did worry about what boys thought and I did worry about what people I didn’t know thought of me.”
Host Shayla Oulette Stonechild speaks with Tenille Campbell, a Dene and Métis poet, photographer and advocate for body positivity and for Indigenous rights from English River First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada. Her acclaimed poetry collection, #IndianLovesPoems (Signature Editions), was shortlisted for the Indigenous Voices Award. Campbell is the force behind sweetmoon photography, which specializes in capturing Indigenous joy in its many forms. She is also the co-creator and a blogger at tea&bannock, an online collective for Indigenous women photographers and artists to share their stories. Tenille completed her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia and is working on a doctoral degree in Indigenous Literature at the University of Saskatchewan. She just released her second book titled nedi nezu (which means good medicine) with Arsenal Editions; it’s a celebratory, slyly funny, and bluntly honest take on Indigenous sex and romance.
In this conversation, Tenille talks about her journey as a writing student and poet (often the only Indigenous in the room), she shares the lessons she’s learned along the way including the ones she hopes to impart on her daughter, and she addresses how her work contributes to decolonization.
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