Educator – Writer – Executive Director of Gabriel Dumont Institute
Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Métis and nêhiyaw educator and writer whose work appears in literary magazines, newspapers, and anthologies across Canada. Her fiction book, Just Pretending (2013), was a finalist for the national Danuta Gleed Literary Award and won four Saskatchewan Book Awards, including 2014 Book of the Year. Her new novel, Probably Ruby, is published in Canada by Doubleday (August 2021) and in the USA by Hogarth/Random House in spring 2022.
Lisa’s debut poetry collection, The Red Files (2016), is inspired by family and archival sources. The Red Files reflects on the legacy of the residential school system: the fragmentation of families and histories, with blows that resonate through the generations. She has one non-fiction book to her credit, An Institute of Our Own: A History of the Gabriel Dumont Institute (2011), which chronicles the struggle for Métis education rights in the 1970s and early 80s.
In the community, Lisa works collaboratively to support other Indigenous writers. She is chair and founding board member of the Saskatchewan Ânskohk Writers’ Circle, Inc., the organization hosting the Ânskohk Indigenous Literature Festival in Saskatchewan. Most recently, Lisa served as the prose editor for Grain magazine. Lisa lives in Saskatoon and is the Executive Director of the Gabriel Dumont Institute.