Katherena Vermette (b.

1977)
On November 13, 2013, Katherena Vermette won the Governor General’s L terar! "war# $or %oetr!. Katherena Vermette s a &'t s wr ter o$ (oetr! an# $ )t on. *er wor+ has a((eare# n several l terar! ma,a- nes an# )om( lat ons, Home Place 3, Prairie Fire Magazine, an# Heute Sin Wir Hier / We Are Here Today, a )olle)t on o$ .ana# an "bor , nal wr ters, )om( le# an# translate# nto German b! *artm/t L/t- an# st/#ents o$ Gre $swal# 0n vers t!. &ost re)entl! she has been (/bl she# n, The Exile Book o !ati"e Fiction and #rama (2011), $ther Tongue%&Mixed 'ace Women S(eak $ut an# Manito)a(o)* A+original Writing% rom the ,and o Water . *er boo+s, - Won.t E"er ,earn was (/bl she# b! 1he &/ses .o. (2012) an# !orth End ,o"e Song% was (/bl she# b! L. Gor#on 2h ll n,$or# %/bl sh n, (2012).

Vermette was the 201032011 wr ters)olle)t ve.or, 4lo,,er n 5es #en)e an# re)entl! be,an ,ra#/ate wor+ n the (rest , o/s &aster o$ 6 ne "rts .reat ve 7r t n, (ro,ram at the 0n vers t! o$ 4r t sh .ol/mb a. " member o$ the "bor , nal 7r ters .olle)t ve o$ &an toba s n)e 2008, Vermette l ves n 7 nn (e,.

Winnipeg poet wins prestigious literary award
Winnipeg poet Katherena Vermette wins Governor General's Literary Award for 'elegant' book of verse about much-maligned area of city 4!9 Kev n %ro+osh 7 nn (e, 6ree %ress %oste#9 11:18:2013 1900 "&

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Vermette has been wr t n, (oetr! s n)e she was 10, lon, eno/,h to +now that (oets )an;t e<(e)t m/)h (/bl ) a))la m or b , (a!#a!s l +e the =2>,000 that )ame alon, w th her w n. ?1he nom nat on )ame as a )om(lete s/r(r se,? sa!s the 7est 4roa#wa! res #ent. ?1he w n s nsane. @ # #n;t th n+ t was n the )ar#s. @t wasn;t even on the ra#ar. @ #on;t +now what to th n+ o$ t !et. @;m + n# o$ bas+ n, n the ,low. @t;s a ,oo# #a!.? 1he 10A3(a,e )olle)t on, (/bl she# b! B. Gor#on 2h ll n,$or#, $o)/ses on Vermette;s e<(er en)es ,row n, /( n the North Cn# as a teen, an# #eal n, w th those memor es when she move# ba)+ to the ne ,hbo/rhoo# as a mother o$ two #a/,hters. *er verse s s(are an# D/ et, !et (ower$/l. ?@ wante# to loo+ )loser at the (la)e an# sa! @ +now t #oesn;t loo+ the best on the o/ts #e b/t $ !o/ loo+ )loser t;s reall! bea/t $/l an# ama- n,l! stron,,? she sa #. ?7hat a((ears to be bro+en s not bro+e at all.? 1he $ rst se)t on o$ (oems s #om nate# b! ( e)es abo/t b r#s, wh )h she l n+e# to women she +nows n the North Cn#. ?1he b r# s a ,reat ma,e $or a North Cn# , rl or n# ,eno/s women, be)a/se the! a((ear $ra, le b/t b r#s are ntensel! stron,,? sa # Vermette, who s )om(let n, her master;s #e,ree n )reat ve wr t n, at the 0n vers t! o$ 4r t sh .ol/mb a. ?1he! have w #e w n,s an# )an ta+e o$$ at an! moment. ?@;m #e$ n tel! a b r#, ma!be a sD/aw+ n, )h )+en at t mes. @ l +e to stret)h m! w n,s somet mes an# $l! awa!.?

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*er l terar! o/t(/t e<ten#s be!on# (oetr! to a E/st3)om(lete# )h l#ren;s ( )t/re3boo+ ser es )alle# 1he 2even 1ea)h n, 2tor es an# a )olle)t on o$ short stor es. 7 nn n, a (rest , o/s awar# w th her $ rst boo+ has her heartene# abo/t her wr t n, $/t/re.

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