In this role, Belcourt will pitch, research and write three articles for Canadian Art over the period of six weeks, one in collaboration with Indigenous editor-at-large Lindsay Nixon.
Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and holds an M.St. in women’s studies at the University of Oxford and Wadham College. He holds a BA (Hons.) in comparative literature from the University of Alberta. Billy-Ray studies Indigenous art, literature and film, and he theorizes about the anti-/ante-/ontological, queer worldings, native futures, and the two valences of non-sovereignty and ethics in a colonial present.
Billy-Ray is also a poet: named by CBC Books (à la Tracey Lindberg) as one of six Indigenous writers to watch. His work has been published in Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Decolonization, Red Rising Magazine, mâmawi-âcimowak, SAD Mag, Yellow Medicine Review, the Malahat Review, and PRISM International.