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Katherena Vermette


Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction and children’s literature. Her first book, North End Love Songs, won the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry and was the 2015 selection for On the Same Page, Manitoba’s province-wide book club. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines and anthologies. Vermette lives, works and plays in Winnipeg. In addition to co-directing the award-winning National Film Board short doc, this river, she is also releasing a novel this year, The Break. Set in Winnipeg’s North End community, The Break explores a family of women—their love, history and tragedy. She has been a proud member of the Indigenous Writers Collective since 2004, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. When not writing, she coordinates arts programs in Winnipeg, where she lives with her family in a house within skipping distance of the temperamental Red River. this river, co-written and co-directed with fellow Winnipeg filmmaker Erika MacPherson, won the Coup de coeur du jury award at the 2016 Festival Présence autochtone/Montréal First Peoples Festival in August, 2016.