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News / July 13, 2017

Billy-Ray Belcourt Joins Canadian Art for Special Summer Internship

Poet, scholar and critic to write series of articles under mentorship of Indigenous editor-at-large and staff.
Poet, critic and scholar Billy-Ray Belcourt. Poet, critic and scholar Billy-Ray Belcourt.

Poet, critic and scholar Billy-Ray Belcourt is joining Canadian Art this summer as a part of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective’s summer internship program.

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.