Belcourt was joined by local poet Tara McGowan-Ross, who hosts the Indigenous Literatures Book Club here at Librairie D+Q. Sala Rossa was a beautiful backdrop for the discussion of Billy-Ray's work.
The two had a lively conversation, covering topics such as the writing process, adding poems to your book after the publisher's deadline, how to be prolific, and vulnerability in writing. "It's all a jumble. There's no A to B."
On including yourself and on being vulnerable, he said: "It was second nature, to begin from experience."
When asked about his readers today Billy-Ray stated: "When I was 18 I wasn't reading poetry...I wouldn't have been aware of me! I think there's been a real cultural shift there."
Belcourt remarked on the unique opportunity that conversations with other Indigenous authors while on tour provide "to display for people ways of engaging with the work that doesn't just display all the shitty reading practices that have emerged from Canadian history."
We're so glad to have been able to host Belcourt and McGowan Ross for such an interesting conversation.
Be sure to check out Billy-Ray's author shelf for September, in store. All are books curated by Billy-Ray Belcourt, and they are 15% off until the end of the month!
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