Lee Maracle. (b.

1950)
Lee Maracle, born on the west coast of British Columbia, is of Salish/Metis heritage. She is the author of novels, non-fiction works, poetry, and short stories. She has published in over a dozen anthologies, and in numerous journals and magazines. Lee and her siblings were raised by their Metis mother, one of the working poor, in a North Vancouver neighbourhood. Early on, Lee rejected imposed racism, dropped out of school and became part of the “hippie” subculture before becoming politically active in the “Red Power Movement.” She was one of the first Aboriginal people to be published in the early 1970s. Her autobiography, Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel, was published by the Liberation Support Movement Press in 1975. Her second book, I Am Woman (Vancouver: Write-on Press, 1988), is her literary expression of the fight for liberation and decolonization. She is one of the founders of the En'owkin International School of Writing in Penticton, BC, a learning institute with an Indigenous Fine Arts Program and an Okanagon Language Program. Maracle has taught creative writing and held a visiting professorship with the Women's Studies program at the University of Toronto. She was the traditional cultural director for the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and the Aboriginal Mentor in the Transitional Year Program at the University of Toronto. She has been the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Canadian Culture at Western Washington University and a Writer-in-Residence at the University of Guelph. Maracle published her first poetry book, Bent Box in 2000. Her literary works include: Sojourner's and Sundogs, Ravensong, Daughters Are Forever, Will's Garden, Bent Box, I Am Woman; she is also the co-editor of a number of anthologies including the award winning publication, My Home As I Remember. She is a co-author of Telling It: Women and Language Across Culture.

Compiled by Lawrence Barkwell Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research Louis Riel Institute

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